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The many emotional issues that effect the education and well being of our students.
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Can you train yourself to be kind?

Can you train yourself to be kind? | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison found people trained in compassion are more likely to give money to people in need.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:06 AM

It takes time and patience.

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Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Studies of mindfulness programs in schools have found that regular practice — even just a few minutes per day — improves student self-control and increases their classroom participation, respect for others, happiness, optimism, and self-acceptance...
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iIthink this whole idea of mindfulness and focus can also be a benefit and neutralizer from the effect of some much digital activity with automatic feedback.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:11 PM

Mindfulness is a concept that cannot be underestimated. Children would benefit from meditation, yoga, and other practices which contribute to mindfulness.

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The Case for Nagging Kids About Their Homework

The Case for Nagging Kids About Their Homework | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
The backlash against "helicopter parenting" may have gone too far.
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"Students thrive when they feel they can master the task they are given, when they see the purpose of that task, when they are engaged in the work and when they get positive feedback from peers, teachers, or parents for their efforts. Creating these conditions, and cultivating the motivation that will follow, may well require parental intervention. When teens begin to struggle in school, that is the moment for parents to become more attuned to their child's academic life, it is the point at which they should step up, not step back."
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Success Comes From the HEART

Success Comes From the HEART | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Success often has as much or more to do with people's thoughts and actions as it does their abilities. I noticed this in academics, business, and sports before becoming a teacher, and tried to convince students of this after becoming a teacher.
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Why it’s (long past) time for social and emotional learning

Why it’s (long past) time for social and emotional learning | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Sacramento's superintendent explains.
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If you read carefully, this is really about grit and reslience-learning to grow , not to be rewarded with a grade.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:17 PM

We need adults and children who are resilient and can handle setbacks effectively.

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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.
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With a reference to Daniel Goldman's book FOCUS, I couldn't agree more about focus as another skill to be modeled, modeled and taught in a digital classroom. I am also enthusiastic about this idea of meditation /yoga as a calming tool during the school day
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Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Videos About Generosity and Giving Back

Five-Minute Film Festival: 10 Videos About Generosity and Giving Back | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
There isn't a better time to teach your students about generosity and gratitude than the holiday season. VideoAmy has uncovered 10 great videos that can be used as teaching tools to inspire the giving spirit in students.
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In the spirit of the season...

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Got a Minute? Try Meditating!

Got a Minute? Try Meditating! | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
We all know by now that meditating benefits us in all kinds of ways. But who has time to meditate?
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Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience

Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Students need to learn the value of slowing down and focusing on one task at a time—and teachers can help them do it.
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It seems anxiety is becoming more & more of an issue in the classroom the idea of slowness and depth need to be, not only revisited, but encouraged.
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Brains, Brains, Brains! How the Mind of a Middle Schooler Works

Brains, Brains, Brains! How the Mind of a Middle Schooler Works | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
In honor of October's most awesome of holidays, I am going to begin a three-part series about the gentlemen zombie's choice of cuisine: the 'tween brain. However, I need to be frank. I'm not goin
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You gotta love her intro just as much as you are fascinating by the topic:)

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This Week In Education: Afternoon Video: Malala Yousafzai Left Jon Stewart Speechless

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook Here's Jon Stewart's interview with Malala Yousafzai last night, in which she talks among other things about what she'd imagine doing if the Taliban came to kill her.
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This young woman is a courageous and inspiring role model for all young adults. I think all our students should be not only aware of her, but of the power of one. I love her quote, “I raise my voice not so that i can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard”    so should we all.

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Daniel Goleman on the Importance of Cultivating Focus (Video Playlist)

Daniel Goleman on the Importance of Cultivating Focus (Video Playlist) | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Best-selling author and social-emotional learning pioneer Daniel Goleman offers insights from his new book about how focus drives achievement and success.
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I find this entire series by Edutopia very fascinating.
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True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think. When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, includin
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Residence apparently needs to be modeled and taught. Sad state of affairs when we can't move forward because we are afraid of mistakes. Risk taking is what leads to discovery .
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7 Ways to Raise an Ethical Child

7 Ways to Raise an Ethical Child | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Why we must nurture children's hearts as well as minds: 7 ways to teach kids strong, ethical behavior and character in a decade of moral erosion

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I particularly like the part that concerns  to train for positive assertion versus constant compliance. The compliance to please teachers versus the ownership of learning all  to please parents often provides a conflict for me. 

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ANA's curator insight, January 12, 2014 7:58 AM

Our heart needs education too

Jenn Alevy's comment, January 13, 2014 3:44 AM
The only concern I have and I have not read the book, is that her assertions seem to be feeding into the culture of fear and would like to see the stats she refers to when she says youth crime is on the rise. And whose morals is she talking about? People come from a variety of countries and cultures, I hope she does not assume we are all on the same page about 'moral' issues, she may be more conservative while others are more liberal in their beliefs.
Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 14, 2014 9:30 PM

This is an important article. Some teachers find themselves in situations where they are teaching ethical behaviour to children. This is worth a read.

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A New Theory of Elite Performance

A New Theory of Elite Performance | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
As the kids head back to school, I’m thinking about what really leads to success--as well as happiness. Part one in a three-part series.
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Part one of a three part post( links are at bottom of page)that substantiates what authors such as Carol Dweck and Angela Duckworth have been saying. Note the second article which discusses rest as an important part of success. I worry about this with today's students and their over scheduled lives.
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Creating More Compassionate Classrooms

Creating More Compassionate Classrooms | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
I had been trying to start class for several minutes. Our normal post-weekend check-in had failed. Instead of hearing updates from each other, students were having side conversations about the school
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Some good reminders for us all that it is about relationships and care as well as learning.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:53 AM

Teachers who care are great role models and help students care.

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Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference

Believing in Students: The Power to Make a Difference | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
After a morning Discipline With Dignity training, the high school principal and I walked to the cafeteria to eat lunch. He said, "I love your session, but it's not practical." I responded with my vie
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Can we possibly hear this enough? It is about personal connections and appreciation of effort and the desire to do well. I find the comment about rewards to be of interest as well, but often wonder if that isn't exactly what grades are, but that is for someone like Alfie Kohn to answer.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 14, 2013 11:41 AM

Teachers need to meet students where they are in their learning.

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This chart can change your mindset and unlock new learning opportunities - Learn Egg

This chart can change your mindset and unlock new learning opportunities - Learn Egg | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
This chart helps lay out the basic idea behind changing your mindset. You can use a 'fixed' or a 'growth' mindset to enhance your life. Which will you choose?
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An interesting chart/ guide of some of the principles of Carol Dweck's theory
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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: The Power of Appreciation | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
In this nine-part series, we will look at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary school age children. These factors are very useful in helping
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Edutopia is doing a great job in their series on this topic.
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Empathy Stretching: It’s all about helping our children experience switching places and seeing and feeling from another side

Empathy Stretching: It’s all about helping our children experience switching places and seeing and feeling from another side | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

Sadly, parents are not as intentional about elevating empathy in their child-rearing efforts. Academic achievement seems to be at the top of our radars these days. That’s why I’m passionate about nurturing empathy and why I get so energized when teachers share ways to weave social-emotinonal learning into their curriculums. Barbara Gruener is one of those teachers-and she’s a marvel to our profession. Barbara is a gifted school counselor and character coach at a National School of Character in Friendswood, Texas.

 

Here’s the post from Barbara, a fabulous teacher at a National School of Character School, and one strategy she uses to nurture empathy.  There are dozens of possibilities – the key is to look for those intentional moments to weave empathy stretching into your classroom day. Thanks Barbara! I’m proud to know you! 


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Play!

Play! | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Children and adults alike use play to make sense of the world. Here are some things we develop through play: creativity, imagination, problem solving, resi
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Amen!
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Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play

Teaching Empathy Through Digital Game Play | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Video games can offer a playful approach to learning a new concept, providing a jumping off point for diving deeply into a topic. Games can’t do all the teaching, but they are an engaging way to get kids thinking -- even about ethics.
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This is an interesting concept, but will schools allow this kind of gaming that doesn't result in a test score or a common core skill? It is certainly a life skill that will make our world a better place!

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How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability

How Soft Skills, Passion and Connection Can Promote Learning, Competence and Employability | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Schools traditionally place the majority of value on the academic skills students acquire in school.
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A very interesting perspective on what we teach and do not teach in the classroom in terms of promoting competence. It is much more than merely academics.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:56 PM

A very interesting perspective on what we teach and do not teach in the classroom in terms of promoting competence. It is much more than merely academics.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:27 PM

We need compassion to go with the passion.

Sharrock's curator insight, October 25, 2013 2:58 PM

more on bedside manner or compassion promoting education and learning.

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The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic

The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
How educational policy and the D.S.M. helped to make a disorder go viral.
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This just makes so much sense and, in many ways, is really sad. Something needs to change! What IS childhood supposed to be about?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:56 PM

It is not a made up ailment, but the way we school and fail to educate children is at the heart of it. It is the way we deal with what is not familiar.