A teacher expresses how empathy has helped build reciprocal trust and confidence in her students.
For me, empathy is at the heart of all I do. It is no longer something to be thought of as an add-on in our classrooms. Rather, it should be looked at as the work that we do that allows learning to happen. To be a changemaker in this world you need empathy. Empathy allows us to say, “Wait a minute, something isn’t right here.” Empathy allows us to move our thoughts from, “That’s too bad” to “We need to do something about this.”
In order to create a world full of changemakers we need to help children feel they can make change. Empathy is the vehicle for this success. Will you join me in helping to ensure that every child feels they have a voice and that their voices are worth hearing? I look forward to working with you and hearing your stories.
Kathy Clunis D’Andrea