Tips for keeping cool and being kind to yourself, even in the midst of a stressful situation.
Teacher burnout is almost epidemic in this country and is one of the causes of the 17 percent annual attrition rate amongst educators. Scientists have found that teachers can burnout from the negative emotions and inefficacy they feel around the challenges of managing their students.
Thankfully, science has also found a positive way to deal with these emotions through something called self-compassion.
Overly protective parents might be leaving a lasting impact on their child's personality, and not in a good way, a new study finds.
No suprises here, but this seems to be THE hot topic of the year, albeit could be too late and no doubt inspired by "The Race to Nowhere". Connects to the lack of empathy that results from this kind of wel -intentioned intervention and the anxiety it creates.
daily edventures | “Make strong emotional links with your students. First, talk to their hearts, empathize; talk with them about their lives, their expectations. Don’t care if you don’t talk about the main subject of your class.
More than ever children need skills in how to work with changing teams of collaborators and how to seek solutions rooted in the needs of others, the author says.
“There’s convincing scientific, psychological, pedagogical, and anecdotal data to suggest that children are naturally empathic, and learn best through collaborating with each other, and at their own speed,” explained deputy principal Xueqin Jiang.
The latest “If We Knew Our History” column from the Zinn Education Project is by Dave Zirin. In the article, Zirin tells the story behind the famous photo of Tommie Smith and John Carlo... Interesting story to share /discuss with students
As kids and teachers head back to school, we wanted to turn away from questions about politics and unions and money and all the regular school stuff people argue about, and turn to something more optimistic — an emerging theory about what to teach...
An Interview with Paul Tough , author of How Children Succeed
Charter for Compassion, Roots of Empathy and other nonprofits, parents and school educators are beginning to teach empathy, altruism and kindness to children as part of a shift toward the art of compassion.
Children are often told in a tone of reprimand by parents and teachers: “How would you feel if they did that to you?” It is essentially the photo negative of the Golden Rule (“do unto others …”).
What if that message evolved into a positive set of values, then fused into lesson plans, group activities and a school ethos?
It’s happening all over the world, thanks in part to the efforts of the Charter for Compassion and its partners.
Roots of Empathy (ROE) is an international award-winning program that develops children’s social-emotional skills, promotes empathy, and reduces bullying. Having introduced a successful pilot in six East Bay schools this past year, ROE have been invited to expand into additional elementary school classrooms in Oakland and San Francisco this coming fall. The program centers on regular classroom visits by an infant, providing the chance for children to observe the baby’s emotions, temperament, development, and relationship with a caregiver.
In coordination with the Greater Good Science Center, ROE is seeking to recruit and train volunteer instructors who have some experience working with children, including those who have a background in teaching, social work, counseling, early childhood education, health and wellness, or other youth and family support.
Mary Gordon is the founder of Roots of Empathy, see my interview with Mary below: In the interview we talked about building a culture of empathy and said: "Your quest for an empathic culture, or a Culture of Empathy as you call it, I think is a great quest. I don't think it's ever to late to develop empathy. It starts so naturally... I think we should do everything that we can to cultivate empathy and we can do it at every level. So why would we not."
"When I talk to city officials, I speak of the fact that there is fluoride in our water supply to prevent tooth decay. I tell them we need empathy in the water supply to prevent social decay ."
Donalyn Miller is a 6th grade language arts teacher in Texas who is said to have a "gift": She can turn even the most reluctant (or, in her words, "dormant") readers into students who can't put their books down.