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Empathy and a 7th Grade History Class

Empathy and a 7th Grade History Class | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

This post is part of my Professional Growth Plan documentation on how I’m using Design Thinking in my classroom


One Grade 7 assignment I have done the past few years is a trial set during the Industrial Revolution, where students must answer the question: Should children be allowed to work in factories?

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CVMS Principal Don Hohimer Acceptance and Empathy (Video 2) - YouTube

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NY Times Video: Elephants Give a Helping Trunk: Evidence of Empathy

NY Times Video: Elephants Give a Helping Trunk: Evidence of Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When an elephant is in distress, scientists have found, nearby elephants offer it a reassuring touch to make it feel better.


Elephants are known to be highly social and intelligent. Now there is evidence that they engage in something that looks very much like a group hug when a fellow elephant is in distress.

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looks very much like a group hug

when a fellow elephant is

in distress.

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Joshua Plotnick, who leads a conservation and education group called Think Elephants, and teaches conservation at Mahidol University in Thailand, studied elephants at a park in Chiang Rai Province in Thailand, to look for consolation behavior.

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Look for photographs of elephants at http://wildscapes.net for more empathy pics of elephants in Corbett National Park..

Betty Skeet's curator insight, February 28, 3:50 AM

There is so muchwecanlearn from other fellow inhabitants of this planet.

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Family and Relationships: Raising a Moral Child

Family and Relationships: Raising a Moral Child | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Gopnik’s research confirms this. Empathy, she points out, is rooted in attachment and in the interpersonal contact we have with our early caretakers. As parents interact face-to-face with their infants, soothing them and responding to their needs, they are modeling the very first “morality” their child sees in the world.....


Even with a good understanding of these principles, there are some traps to watch out for—some limitations in the human brain’s natural approach to both rule-following and empathy.


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Empathy grounds morality, but morality

goes beyond empathy,”

Gopnik writes.

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“Empathy grounds morality, but morality goes beyond empathy,” Gopnik writes. “After all, crying yourself when someone else is hurt doesn’t actually help them any—sheer empathy can just be morally self-indulgent.”


GINA STEPP 

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Growing Empathy, Child by Child

Growing Empathy, Child by Child | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The founder of a program called “Roots of Empathy,” which brings babies into classrooms to teach children in grades K through 8, Gordon is an internationally recognized educator, social entrepreneur and parenting expert who has established empathy-based educational programs that are now public policy in Canada while also having been implemented around the world'


Her Roots of Empathy program has proven particularly instrumental in bringing about dramatic changes in student behavior, helping them build core competencies that can generalize to the home environment as well as to the community.


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"Children who have felt alienated or

excluded are drawn into a

circle of inclusion through the

empathic contact made

by the baby.”
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Teaching Teachers To Teach Civility And Empathy - All Things Considered

Teaching Teachers To Teach Civility And Empathy - All Things Considered | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

A professor at the University of New Hampshire who studies school violence says teaching our students civility and empathy can help make schools safer for kids.


Malcolm Smith is extension professor at the UNH Department of Education. He worked with lawmakers in 2011 to develop a law on school safety and bullying prevention, and he’s the founder of the Courage to Care program, a curriculum aimed at increasing empathy and civility in middle school students.


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a curriculum aimed at increasing 

empathy and civility in 

middle school students.

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Recently UNH’s teaching program began a course in Courage to Care training in the Department of Education. 


By BRADY CARLSON

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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, February 19, 2:00 PM

Such important stuff, and increasingly given short-shrift in the wake of tighter performance measures.

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All About Roots of Empathy's Third Theme!

All About Roots of Empathy's Third Theme! | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
This week, the first grade students completed Roots of Empathy Theme 3: Caring and Planning for Baby. In this series of lessons, the first graders explored the many responsibilities of caring for a baby, including understanding and responding to their needs and learning the routines of feeding, bathing and diaper changing, The parents of our Roots of Empathy babies even went through each item in their diaper bag so the students could visualize the (many!) various items that accompany the babies when they leave home for an outing!
 
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▶ Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative - YouTube

Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, is a community of individuals and institutions dedicated to building a future in which every child masters empathy.

Empathy is the ability to understand the feelings and perspectives of others, and to use that understanding to guide one's actions. It is critical both to individual human development and to our collective ability to solve problems and build a stronger society.

Start Empathy is not out to build a single program, curriculum, or silver-bullet fix. Rather, we're working to unleash demand for empathy as a core 21st century skill -- collaborating with social entrepreneurs, educators, parents, and key players in the media, business, and academic sectors to make empathy as essential as reading and math in early education. Success will take all of us, and will require rethinking how we parent, educate, and raise our children in a world that is changing faster than ever befor

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Social and Emotional Focus: Developing Empathy

Social and Emotional Focus: Developing Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Recently, some our our teachers attended a conference on self-regulation and empathy with field expert Bob Sornson of the Early Learning Foundation. The following resource to develop empathy in the home and classroom was shared with our teachers, which we wanted to pass along to you.

 

1. Start with safety and security. Fear interferes with the development of empathy. Learn to set limits in the home or classroom with respect and love.

 

2. Regular family or classroom routines build a sense of predictable security for children. Well established routines also help children practice self-regulation skills.

 

by Emily Young 

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The Seaside Series: An Empathetic School Culture

The Seaside Series: An Empathetic School Culture | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
With an emphasis on creativity, empathy and imagination, Seaside Community Charter School opened last month at full enrollment!

 

 : With the start of the new school year, we're launching a new series on the blog with contributor extraordinaire, Carrie Lee Ferguson, who is back with insights into the building of an empathetic school culture at the brand-new Seaside Community Charterin Jacksonville, FL, where her daughter attends and she serves as chair of the education committee.  Now presenting...The Seaside Series!

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Introducing empathy | openDemocracy

Introducing empathy | openDemocracy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

More than twenty years ago, scientists made a breakthrough that altered our understanding of human behavior in fundamental ways: they discovered empathy. While observing a group of monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells were activated both when one member of the group grabbed a peanut and when other monkeys did the same. Later found to exist in human beings, these “mirror neurons” explain why we wince when we see someone fall off a bike or stub a toe.

 

The discovery of mirror neurons has challenged our understanding of everything from language and philosophy to psychotherapy. According to neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran, they are the source of the first forays by human beings into complex social behavior, and thereby form “the basis of civilization. 


by Michael Zakaras and Lennon Flowers 

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A Back to School Challenge from Start Empathy

A Back to School Challenge from Start Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
How you can help us celebrate elementary schools that cultivate empathy in children.

 

If the school year has not already started in your community, it’s just around the corner! All over the United States, parents, teachers, and administrators are packing backpacks and pondering their hopes for the school year. Here at Ashoka, we are starting the school year with one clear goal in mind: recognize at least 34 more elementary schools that teach their students to be empathic leaders. In order for us to reach this goal, we are going to need your help.

 

Ashoka’s Changemaker Schools Network is a community of leading elementary schools from across the United States that are models of changemaker education.

 

By Laura White

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The Empathy Explorers - Elevation Education

The Empathy Explorers - Elevation Education | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Subject Area: Bullying-Prevention
Recommended Grade Level: K to 5


This entertaining and educational program teaches students the basic tenets of empathy and respect, provide teachers and students with a common vocabulary of interpersonal terms to identify and combat bullying, and give schools a detailed ‘emotional snapshot’ of what their own students say about the state of bullying on school grounds. It explores four main educational concepts:

  • What is a bully?
  • What is empathy?
  • The differences between teasing and kidding
  • How to be an Action Hero
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Gateway Middle School Students Open Exhibition with Global Lives Project to Cultivate Empathy in the Greater San Francisco Community

Gateway Middle School Students Open Exhibition with Global Lives Project to Cultivate Empathy in the Greater San Francisco Community | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Gateway Public Schools, a leading college preparatory charter school organization in San Francisco, is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Global Lives Project. 


Global Lives Project is a video library of life experience, designed to cultivate empathy across cultures. The team curates an ever-expanding collection of films that faithfully capture 24 continuous hours in the lives of individuals from around the world. Global Lives will install eight 42-inch video screens that will play these films throughout the day for students at Gateway Middle School and Creative Arts Charter School.


Global Lives Project is a video library
of life experience, designed to cultivate
empathy across cultures. 

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The Decline of Empathy and the Future of Liberal Education - by Nadine Dolby

The Decline of Empathy and the Future of Liberal Education - by Nadine Dolby | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Cultivating empathy


The sobering news is that changes underway in higher education are moving us away from the goal of creating a culture that nurtures empathy.


For example, if the culture surrounding us truly shapes our capacity for empathy, then colleges and universities need to be providing our students with as many opportunities as possible for cultivating empathy. While the research is still in its infancy, it seems plausible to theorize that the classroom—where students learn with other students and a teacher and engage in conversation—is a setting that can foster empathy.


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The development of empathy relies on
reading others’ body language, hearing
their voices, seeing their eyes
and facial expressions,

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The development of empathy relies on reading others’ body language, hearing their voices, seeing their eyes and facial expressions, and perhaps even our unconscious awareness of their odor or smell.

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Empathy's New Presence on TeachaPedia

Empathy's New Presence on TeachaPedia | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
TeachaPedia, a collaborative platform for educators, now has a page for empathy.


Ashoka’s Start Empathy has worked to create a TeachaPedia page devoted to empathy in education. Please visit and contribute to the page and others on the site as we work to make empathy and changemaking as valued as reading and math in education.\


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Ashoka’s Start Empathy has worked to create a TeachaPedia page devoted to

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Take an Empathy Pill and Call Me in the Morning

Take an Empathy Pill and Call Me in the Morning | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Do parents have to choose between tough love and empathy? What do children really need?


Szalavitz and Perry add their voices to Gordon’s and many others who see empathy slipping as the tone of modern culture becomes increasingly harsh.


To them, the indications of this change run the gamut “from calls for the legalization of torture to the actual practices uncovered at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, and ‘torture porn’ movies like the Saw series.” They also cite reality shows that present the pain and misery of others for our ghoulish entertainment. 


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But there are more subtle clues

to society’s “empathy crisis.”

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by GINA STEPP

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Students taught the importance of empathy

Students taught the importance of empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

"Empathy" may be only a word to many elementary school children, but not to kindergarteners through fourth graders at Forest Avenue School.


A clever, educational skit by Hudson High School drama students acted out the theme of " Empathy-acting after putting yourself in someone else’s shoes," at a Forest Avenue School assembly Tuesday, Feb. 4. 


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observing students’ empathetic acts and
rewarding them with "leaves of citizenship"
on the "empathy tree" in the
school hallway.

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By Rosemary Rimkusuf

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Georgetown Day School Teacher: Exercising Your Empathy Muscles: How do you build empathy?

Georgetown Day School Teacher:  Exercising Your Empathy Muscles: How do you build empathy? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

A Georgetown Day School teacher talks about her favorite activities for keeping the empathy muscles strong


How do you build empathy and other changemaker skills (leadership, teamwork, problem-solving) in your students?


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There are several things I do in my

classroom that really help build empathy

and changemaker skills

in my students.

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• Role Play:

Role play situations help kids take on a role and practice responding to situations in a safe environment. That way they have tools to respond, and practice in a safe way where they don’t feel threatened.


• Building Community:

We do this in a really intentional way. We use responsive classroom greetings like making eye contact and recognizing each other during morning meeting. Students also share every day. You share who you are, not what you have, like aspects of your identity and culture. We do different read-alouds on gender, ethnicity, and race. The idea is that the more they share about themselves, the more they create windows and mirrors to see things that are similar and see what is different, and that is okay


• Appreciation Circles: ..

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• Empathy Play Dates: ...


.By Sandra Hinderliter

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British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum'

British Education Experts: 'Empathy Must Be Integrated Into School Curriculum' | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

A recent report entitled “Making Education Work” urges the British government to introduce radical changes into the English education system. ....


The independent advisory board emphasized the need for “team-working, emotional maturity, empathy, and other interpersonal skills,” which, according to them, are “as important as the proficiency in English and Mathematics in ensuring young people’s employment prospects.” A capacity for empathy has often been found to be an important characteristic of individuals who are effective in bringing about positive social change.


by Rukmini Banerjee

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How to Help Children Develop Empathy

How to Help Children Develop Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy is an important skill for getting along with others and living a successful life. Here are some tips on teaching children how to develop empathy.

 

What Is Empathy?
 A 4-year-old girl playing on her preschool playground fell, skinned her knee and began crying. Another little girl rushed up to her, smiled and offered the injured girl her favorite doll. This scene is a good example of a child showing empathy. Some people, like this little girl, seem to be born empathetic. Others aren't. The good news is empathy is a skill which can be learned. The key is teaching this skill to children at a young age so they will develop into sensitive, caring adults.

 

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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 | Empathy and Education | 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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Empathetic learning is all the rage in the Common Core.

Empathetic learning is all the rage in the Common Core. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Empathetic learning is all the rage in the Common Core.  They call it SEL (Social & Emotional Learning).  Sort of like the newfangled “empathetic medicine” where I suppose the surgeon feels the pain of the patient.  Hopefully, not while operating.   Yup, put yourself right into someone else’s shoes, literally.  Not sympathy where I feel your pain but rather, I KNOW your pain.  Yup, empathy.  Well, your 9-year-old better have a whole lot of it 10 months a year, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am-3pm   because, like with everything else in CCSS (Common Core State Standards), empathy’s been revised, rebranded and repackaged for the 21st Century classroom...

 

But what CASEL calls empathy isn’t empathy at all.  It’s sympathy.  You can feel or project feelings onto another person’s situation without ever experiencing it. 

 

Fred Brownbill

 

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How to foster compassion in children

How to foster compassion in children | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Educators talk about catching up to the Finns and the South Koreans, raising standardized test scores and mastering the three Rs. Meanwhile, we've raised our children's self-esteem and increased their sense that they deserve things and their desire to lead.

 

But where will they lead us without empathy? Talk of empathy can be naive and misguided, of course. But thoughtful attempts to foster it in schools, and concerted efforts to expose kids to experiences that naturally foster compassion, would improve our schools and make for a better world. Bringing a little of Paul Farmer into the classroom? Now that would be real school reform. 

 

By Arlie Hochschild

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This is Roots of Empathy

This is Roots of Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The Roots of Empathy program was founded in Canada in 1996 by Mary Gordon, an internationally recognized educator, social entrepreneur, author and child advocate, and today has reached more than 450,000 children worldwide.

 

At the heart of the program are classroom visits by an infant and parent. Through guided observations of this loving relationship, children learn to identify and reflect on their own thoughts and feelings and those of others. Independent evaluations consistently show children who receive Roots of Empathy experience dramatic and lasting effects in terms of increased positive social behaviour (sharing, helping and including) and decreased aggression.

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