Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being
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The many emotional issues that effect the education and well being of our students.
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Let Students Know They Matter

Let Students Know They Matter | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
When kids understand that the world needs them to be people of substance and to accomplish great things in the world they step up to the challenge.
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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
If everybody knows that test scores and grades aren’t the keys to success, how do we teach, and measure, the things that are?
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A thought proving and thorough article that provides food for thought.

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Gazette » Teach Anger Management – Five Ways to Help Students Deal With Anger Constructively

Gazette » Teach Anger Management – Five Ways to Help Students Deal With Anger Constructively | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
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This may be particularly valuable for the "re-entry" period of readjusting to school and all that it brings.

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Empathy and Global Stewardship: The Other 21st Century Skills

Empathy and Global Stewardship: The Other 21st Century Skills | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Due to the interest of my post The Other 21st Skills, I decided to individually discuss each of the skills or dispositions I proposed that are in addition to the seven survival skills as identified...
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Thx@beth Dichter. This is THE most important of all the skills and it will do the most to make a better world.
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Playground Neuroscience: Connect and Redirect

Playground Neuroscience: Connect and Redirect | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
"She makes my life miserable every day!" cries Madison, one of the girls in my fourth grade class. She sinks her chubby frame onto the bench next to me, and folds her arms dramatically over her unifo
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an interesting explanation of how the brain works during playground or classroom drama, and the brain science behind dealing with the problems.

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How to teach ... mindfulness

How to teach ... mindfulness | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help introduce the concept of mindfulness to pupils, to help them be calm, focused and creative
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Not only is this a fascinating topic, but there are many links within to check to, including the Mind Space education section for teachers that the UKGuardian provides.

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Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Instead, help them channel their energy into productive tasks.
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Not really much new, but a good reminder to all. Boys often do getbthebshort end of the stick, especially in middle grades.

viva le difference!

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Social and Emotional Learning

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Discover why educators must help students develop the skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts nonviolently, and make responsible decisions.
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Great place to begin. Edutopia has been doing some great stuff with this topic.

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Restoring the Soul and Skill of Educators Through Engaged Teaching

Restoring the Soul and Skill of Educators Through Engaged Teaching | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
In the aftermath of the testing regimen, or just the headlong rush to the end of school, educators are loosening their collars, breathing heavy sighs of relief (or resignation), and contemplating wh
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I love this article in that it covers the emotional health of the teachers. Favorite quote?  For too much of the school year, education takes a back seat to instruction. Food for thought:)

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:32 PM

One reason education takes a backseat to instruction is that is the way the managers of education want it. We have an outdated model with layer upon layer, including technology, heaped on teachers with virtually no support.

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Mindful Teachers: Quiet (recommended book)

Mindful Teachers: Quiet (recommended book) | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
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I have heard quite a lot about this book and it is on my list of things to investigate this summer. I find it interesting that we are finally acknowledging this as a style after all the tons of books written about other styles of learners.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:43 PM

We need to bring a different element into our profession and classrooms. As a result, we can make a more substantial difference for children.

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A Nation of Wimps

A Nation of Wimps | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Parents are going to ludicrous lengths to take the bumps out of life for their children. However, parental hyperconcern has the net effect of making kids more fragile; that may be why they're breaking down in record numbers.
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It is a sad situation, but we see it too often. Not only no risk taking academically ala Carol Dweck, but also no responsibility for behaviors.

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How Can We Help Children Become 'Upstanders' to Bullying?

How Can We Help Children Become 'Upstanders' to Bullying? | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

The common denominator of all types of bullying is a lack, or erosion, of empathy. Nurturing empathy, a potential that is present in almost all children, is therefore at the heart of interventions to prevent bullying.

 

In the end, Bazelon raises a larger question: What can we do, as parents, to nurture qualities of empathy and kindness in our children? How can we reduce the risk that our children will get caught up in hurtful teenage drama? How can we help them become "upstanders," not bystanders, to meanness and cruelty?...

 

Here is what I believe is most essential: Empathy begets empathy. As parents, we need to set aside time to listen patiently and empathically to our children and to repair moments of anger and misunderstanding. When we listen with empathy, when children know that their concerns and their grievances will be heard, we open a pathway toward emotional maturity. In these moments, children become less absorbed in defiant thoughts and argument, more open to compromise, and more caring toward others.

 

Listening with empathy, however, is not always easy and should not be confused with permissiveness or indulgence...

 

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University

 

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: Kenneth Barish 
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Empathic Education: The Transformation of Learning in an Interconnected World - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Empathic Education: The Transformation of Learning in an Interconnected World - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

With the passage of health-care reform, President Obama has turned his attention to reforming education in America. In his State of the Union Message, he called for a significant increase in support for his "Educate to Innovate" campaign, which puts renewed emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to ensure "our nation's economic competitiveness." The goal, according to the White House, is to equip every student with the knowledge that he or she needs to become a productive worker in the global economy.

 

Maybe it's time to ask the question of whether simply becoming economically productive ought to be the primary mission of American education. Shouldn't we place at least equal attention on developing students' innate empathic drives, so that we can prepare the next generation to think and act as part of a global family in a shared biosphere?


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‘Queen Bees’ author reveals world of teenage boys - TODAY.com

‘Queen Bees’ author reveals world of teenage boys - TODAY.com | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
They might seem like they don’t have much to say, but now it’s time to really hear it from the boys. Rosalind Wiseman, whose...
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I am very curious about what direction this goes in. As a single gender classroom teacher and advisor, I often think boys get the short end of the stick.

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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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This is an interesting perspective with parts 1 & 2 already available.

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it

My most important back-to-school supply doesn't fit in a backpack, and it can't be ordered online. It's as essential as a pencil, but unlike a pencil, no technology can replace it. In a sense, like a fresh box of crayons, it can come in many colors. Better than the latest gadget, it's possible to equip every student with it, and even better, when we do, it can transform our world.

It's actually a "muscle" I've been working on all summer. It's empathy.

What's the Big Deal About Empathy?

Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. 

 

Homa Tavangar Author, "Growing Up Global," GlobalEd advisor


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A topic we don't focus on nearly enough. A good r

 

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Garth Sanginiti's curator insight, August 18, 2013 2:46 PM

Empathy is a 21st Century skill that must be developed at home and in the class room.  "Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively."

Audrey's comment, August 26, 2013 6:13 PM
I would agree with Garth, which is why homeschooling is so important.
Garth Sanginiti's comment, August 26, 2013 8:53 PM
Thanks, Audrey. And I echo your homeschooling comment...I am a strong supporter of homeschooling families!
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Gazette » 30 Tips for Teaching Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Gazette » 30 Tips for Teaching Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
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Empathy involves providing all students with opportunity for success

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Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Infographic: Maili Holiman





What do you think about this Schools That Work story? We'd love to hear from you!
Tweet your answer to @edutopia, comment below, or email us.
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This makes so much sense, and not just for students. I don't understand why more places aren't on board.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 6, 2013 12:41 PM

I am convinced and have been we need mindful education for our children.

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What teachers really want to tell parents

What teachers really want to tell parents | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
A principal who was loved and adored by all told me she was leaving the profession because " I just can't deal with parents anymore; they are killing us."
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What happened to the idea of partnering? A number of things here are alcommon real for a lot of educators

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 2013 11:48 AM

The flipside is true. What about what parents want to tell teachers. I worked for years in an open school system where we had frank conversations and wonderful dialogue. The objective was to meet children where they were in their learning. We each have something to offer. As a parent, I resented the 'expert' educators and as a teacher I welcomed the expert parent. It took a group of bureaucrats no time to do undo the fragility of this process.

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SmartBlog on Education - The 8 C's of character - SmartBrief SmartBlogs

There are only two C's in "character," but one can find many words that begin with C in describing good, positive character traits and behaviors. I’ve comp
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Pupils and parents warned over social networking website linked to teen abuse

Pupils and parents warned over social networking website linked to teen abuse | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
Schools across the country are sending out letters advising pupils not to use Ask.fm, which has more than 30 million users around the world and has been linked to suicides and serious bullying.
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When it comes to being mean to one another, kids always seem tfind nd a way.

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, May 18, 2013 1:10 PM

Unfortunately, when it comes to hurting other kids, where there is a will, there's a way.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Kindness, Empathy, and Connection

Five-Minute Film Festival: Kindness, Empathy, and Connection | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
VideoAmy compiled this moving playlist of videos to explore the importance of human relationships and the power of being kind, generous, and compassionate.
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Can we EVER have enough resources on this topic? Short and manageble:)

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Defining, Then Serving, the Whole Child

Defining, Then Serving, the Whole Child | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
When I hear the term "whole child" these days that I'm not always sure that my understanding--and I'll make a claim to including everything from kids' very individual brains and hearts and bodies to their connections with family, community, and...
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This is well thought out and a great reminder of taking the time to prioritize the human angle as well as the academic.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 10, 2013 6:52 PM

A holistic view of what education might be if we stop and take time to know the child.

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Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
This is part seven of the nine-part series from the Project Happiness curriculum. We are looking at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary scho
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Another great article inform Edutopia's series on this topic.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 4, 2013 12:24 PM

The acrostic poem is a good strategy for students. What makes the world a happier place?

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Students Need 8 Critical Conditions for Success

Students Need 8 Critical Conditions for Success | Educating for Empathy and Emotional Well-Being | Scoop.it
The latest results of the student survey developed by the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) and administered by Pearson Foundation show a disconnect between teaching and learning.
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Some interesting analysis of data from the QISA administered by Pearson. It is about connections, modeling, caring, and encouraging.

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