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Why We Need Caring Classrooms: This begins with empathy.

Why We Need Caring Classrooms: This begins with empathy. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

More educators are recognizing that compassion can be taught. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about compassion, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.


There are three main kinds of empathy, each involving distinct sets of brain circuits.


1: Cognitive empathy: understanding how other people see the world and how they think about it. This lets us put what we have to say in ways the other person will best comprehend....


Empathetic concern offers the foundation for what's been called a "caring classroom," where the teacher embodies and models kindness and concern for her students, and encourages the same attitude among the students. Such a classroom culture provides the best atmosphere for learning, both cognitively and emotionally.

Daniel Goleman


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How To Teach Empathy

How To Teach Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Ideally, empathy would be the net effect of experience, which in classrooms is both a matter of process and knowledge. Students would learn to empathize rather than be taught to empathize, as a symptom of what they know. Why this is important is a matter of implication and language.


Teaching someone to feel what others feel and sit with emotions that aren’t their own couldn’t be any further from the inherent pattern of academics, which is always decidedly other.


Teaching always begins with detachment—learn this skill or content strand that is now apart from you. Empathy is the opposite; it starts in the other, and finishes there without leaving.

In your classroom, there are dozens of natural sources of empathy. But what about authenticity?

 


by Terry Heick

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Changemaker Education

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A publication series on Changemaking by Ashoka’s Start Empathy initiative

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Totems: Empathy for Students: Picture and describe a student

Totems: Empathy for Students: Picture and describe a student | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Think of a student who has stood out to you this past year. When you closed your classroom door for the year, who had you really wanted to get through to but didn’t? Who made progress that completely blew your mind?


Choose a student and write their name at the top of your whiteboard /paper (you can write an alias if you would like).


Then, make three categories: ‘Adjectives’, ‘Challenges’, and ‘Passions & Interests’:

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Back to school activity: Create a student totem! This totem exercise is intended to develop empathy

Back to school activity: Create a student totem! This totem exercise is intended to develop empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

This totem exercise is intended to develop empathy for your student by describing them, their challenges and passions, creating a physical representation of them in the form of a totem, and then creating a point of view statement about their challenges and needs


. This all serves as a launching point for designing great curriculum and classroom experiences for them throughout the year.


You can do the exercise with a group of teachers and create a living gallery that you can add to and revisit any time you need throughout the year.

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The Need For Empathy Within School | Empathy Lab

The Need For Empathy Within School | Empathy Lab | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Quite a simple concept when you think of it. But how much importance do we really put on this, especially when working with young people, the one group of individuals that probably need to understand the concept the most?

My understanding of empathy grew whilst working in a large secondary school. Sprawling and multicultural, this educational setting supported some of the most deprived families in the area. From my first day I was exposed to huge and fundamental issues of poverty, abuse and mental health difficulties that young people were experiencing first hand. It was devastating. But it was also a revelation.
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How to Bring Design Thinking to Your School for Free (Without Hiring a Fancy Consultant)

How to Bring Design Thinking to Your School for Free (Without Hiring a Fancy Consultant) | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

by Mary Jo Madda 

But as my colleague Leonard Medlock says, you have to be careful when finding free alternatives online, because it can lead to a “proliferation of design thinking sans any notions of empathy or learning from failure.”

Keep in mind, design thinking--problem discovery and solution generation using empathy and rapid prototyping, described as “human-centered design”--isn’t something you can just implement in a classroom lesson plan with your students right away.


You’ve got to work on the skills and mindsets yourself first, and develop an openness to iteration and a willingness to be truly honest.

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Teaching Empathy: The ancient way is now cutting edge

Teaching Empathy: The ancient way is now cutting edge | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
In my work as a systems change specialist in schools and other learning communities, here are the practices I encourage instructional leaders to promote:

  1. Teach listening as a core skill and expect it as a cultural practice. Start by being an active listener yourself and give people the time they need to reflect. Time not made for someone is time wasted.
  2. Make dialogue a primary team, group or classroom practice. Dialogue opens the doors to exploration—what Peter Senge in his guide “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook” calls “skillful discussion,” where thoughtful decisions can be made that honor all participants (or, in business, stakeholders).
  3. Identify roles, not organizational charts. When people are able to articulate their role, what they need to be successful and what gets in the way of their success, an empathic understanding is present and the beginnings of a healthy team, class or group takes shape.
  4. Lead with consistency, authenticity and honesty. Be clear as to why you are doing what you are doing. Do not lead or manage through personality but rather through articulation. To articulate is to clarify.
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Lessons learned at Empathy School

Lessons learned at Empathy School | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
What is the most powerful quality a business leader can possess?

Intelligence? Some of the most successful executives were average students. Competitiveness? Conference rooms don't need any more locker room-style pep talks. Wiliness? Bosses need to inspire trust.


Empathy? Probably not your fourth guess, but it's the right answer.

Researchers who study leadership and corporate culture are turning up more and more evidence that empathic leaders build better teams, negotiate better deals and produce happier clients.


Yet surveys also show that many managers consider empathy a sign of weakness or femininity, not the kind of thing macho businessmen embrace.


By Chris Tomlinson

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The Result of Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School: EmpathicEducation for a Compassionate Nation

The Result of Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School: EmpathicEducation for a Compassionate Nation | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
This post is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series on Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School.


In my vast research spanning history, politics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, mindful awareness, and pedagogy, I've found a dearth of empathy and compassion.


Most alarming is the absence of empathy and compassion for students and educators who are oppressed by ineffective educational practices. I introduced the concept of Educational Trauma, to explain the inadvertent perpetration and perpetuation of victimization against producers and consumers of educational systems.


And, this month, Pedagogies of Kindness and Respect, a textbook for pre-service teachers went to press. It includes a chapter I wrote that explores our students' answer to this problem: EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation: A Pedagogy for Kindness and Respect for Healing Educational Trauma.


EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation isn't just a theoretical proposition, it is an educational model piloted by The Connect Group in Los Angeles. When we launched the pilot program in May 2014, I wrote about it for Ashoka's Start Empathy blog, and here's how the year went!


by Lee-Anne Gray





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Video: Schoolkids bond with babies in empathy program

Video: Schoolkids bond with babies in empathy program | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

A program called Roots of Empathy that connects school children with babies is celebrating its 15th anniversary on P.E.I. The goal is to help kids develop emotionally and grow into responsible and caring adults.


Melissa Myron has been bringing her baby Eliza to this classroom once a month since she was just a couple months old.

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Empathy most vital, Education Secretary Arne Duncan tells NCCU grads

Empathy most vital, Education Secretary Arne Duncan tells NCCU grads | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
“The most vital attribute in the world you’re about to enter is not critical thinking or fluency in another language,” Duncan said. “It’s about whether you’re able to see the world through another’s eyes.

“The key factor of success for any society going forward is what percentage of its people are change-makers,” he said.


“It’s the new literacy, and empathy is the foundation of that new way of being.”

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Children's Books to Teach Generosity and Combat Entitlement

Children's Books to Teach Generosity and Combat Entitlement | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

This book list of picture books to teach empathy was inspired by one of you!


A reader emailed me and asked for a list of books which would help her child to think a little bit less about worldly goods, and a little more about the importance of appreciating non-tangible values like generosity, humility, compassion and kindness.


In other words, these are books which help teach children to reject a sense of privileged entitlement. (And I use the word “entitlement” in its original meaning, not the way it was co-opted by the Tea Party!)



 

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How might we provide children the agency to practice empathy?

How might we provide children the agency to practice empathy? - Changemaker Education - Medium

Many educators enter the profession with a sense of altruism. When talented, student-centered educators are given the support they deserve, empathy-based learning opportunities naturally emerge.

Can Empathy Be Taught?

Maybe teaching empathy directly is not our job. Perhaps our job is to provide the fertile ground, to nurture the seeds that are already there. We create experiences and opportunities for empathy to not only be cultivated but to become actionable....


If we want to actualize empathy — to make feelings tangible — then we must move away from cells and bells toward a place where agency matters.


Chad Ratliff

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The Opportunities For Empathy In The Classroom

The Opportunities For Empathy In The Classroom | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

So much talk about empathy in education recently. Why? What’s the big idea? In “The Role of Empathy in Learning,” I wrote:

“The role of empathy in learning has to do with the flow of both information and creativity. A dialogic interaction with the world around us requires us to understand ourselves by understanding the needs and condition of those around us. It also encourages us to take collective measurements rather than those singular, forcing us into an intellectual interdependence that catalyzes other subtle but powerful tools of learning.”

But where does it come from? What causes it? What are the authentic sources of empathy in a classroom?'


by Terry Heick

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Empathy Map: Why use an empathy Map?

Empathy Map: Why use an empathy Map? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
WHAT is an empathy map?
A User Empathy Map can help tee up a discussion about the needs a user has. The discussion will be centered around what was observed, and what can be inferred about these user groups’ beliefs and emotions


Why use an empathy MapGood design is grounded in a deep understanding of the person for whom you are designing. Designers have many techniques for developing this sort of empathy. An Empathy Map is one tool to help us synthesize our observations and draw out unexpected insights.

We teach it as a synthesis tool to help quickly uncover latent user needs. By introducing this synthesis tool and others, students are provided with tools to help them quickly go through their notes from needfinding in the field to distill down to what are the golden nuggets of opportunity.
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EmpathyLab | Blog

EmpathyLab | Blog | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

We’re just at the beginning of what EmpathyLab will be doing and the difference it will be making to children’s lives. Find out more about our thinking, research and reading that is informing our development.


http://www.empathylab.uk/about/background/


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DESIGN TIME final: Design with children - they learn empathy.

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Design with children - they learn empathy.

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Serial, This American Life, and The Empathy Code

Serial, This American Life, and The Empathy Code | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The Empathy Code

  1. The principal is supportive: This person is child oriented, is an effective listener, provides staff with numerous opportunities to work collaboratively, encouraging innovative efforts, and is available to those who wish to speak with him or her.
  2. Social skills are taught and modeled : Whatever social behaviors are practiced by the adults in the school will not only be observed and experienced by the students but will  be learned by them  as well.
  3. Mindfulness is cultivated as a daily practice and connected to empathy in practice. “Mindfulness is a conscious, purposeful way of tuning in to what is happening in and around us.” (Schoeberlein)
  4. Eradicate sarcasm:...
  5. Keep it simple: ...
  6. Build a sense of community: 
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Empathy as a consciousness movement

Empathy as a consciousness movement | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Since that day, empathy has become my touchstone in everything I do. I have created lessons, given talks, conducted workshops, and been interviewed numerous times on the subject of empathy.


Often, when working with others on this topic, it feels as if on that early winter’s day in 1989, in that small elementary school built in the 1930’s, I was given a glimpse into my life’s work: to teach how empathy in practice brings to life one of life’s greatest lessons: To treat others the way you would like to be treated.


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FuelEd Pilots Empathy School

FuelEd Pilots Empathy School | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
From elementary through high school, research demonstrates a relationship between empathic abilities and effective teaching. When teachers are more empathic, the positive outcomes are significant: Improved academic effort, achievement, motivation, self-esteem and empathy in students, increased likelihood of teacher intervening in a bullying situation, improved cultural sensitivity and reduced prejudice and racial bias, more productive and satisfying school relationships, and more likely to hold a positive perception of school culture.  When school leaders, as managers are more empathy, their staff is healthier, happier, and perceives them as more effective leaders.


Clearly, empathy is a skill that every educator should have in their toolbox, yet unfortunately, educators are not formally taught how to communicate empathically.


 That is why on March 10th, 2015 FuelEd will be launching Empathy School, or “E-School.”  E-School, a 6-hour in-person workshop by FuelEd where educators learn the communication skill of empathy, is designed to fill this gap in educator preparation by training educators in a key relationship skill that will drive student outcomes and positive school culture.

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Teaching Empathy to Your Child

Teaching Empathy to Your Child | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

What makes one child more empathetic than another?


How can you recognize if your child is demonstrating empathy or if he or she is lacking empathy?


Why is it a good idea to teach children to be more empathetic?


Author Lauren Christine Phillips describes empathy as “not a trait that all people exhibit, yet a valuable human characteristic that should be nurtured.” One child, whether aware of it or not, may be wired to be more sensitive and feel as if empathy comes naturally to him or her. Another child may benefit from nurturing his or her empathy through a range of opportunities that are presented to him or her.


Because “caring” is a vital ingredient to empathy and an action-based behavior that children can practice, teachers often offer children opportunities that teach them precisely how to care for others.


By Holly Rosen

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Empathy in Education

Empathy in Education | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy is the ability to look at a situation from another point of view. It is the basis of caring relationships and allows us to connect and understand those who may be different from ourselves.


Empathy is an integral part of education, and should be a schooling goal for future students. This site has been created to support educators build classrooms where empathy is the underlying foundation of their students’ interactions, as well as a goal of their education.

This website contains:

  • A Definition of Empathy
  • A discussion of empathy as a skill necessary to the Conceptual Age as described by Daniel Pink in his book A Whole New Mind. 
  • Reasons that empathy should be incorporated into the classroom and integrated into the goal of schooling for our students.
  • Empathy Lesson Plans and Activities 
  • A News Feed with current empathy and education news feeds.
  • A Discussion Forum where users can share their experiences with empathy or lesson plans.
  • Web links and Empathy Resources.
  • There is also a Reference Page with a list of the sources for the information gathered on this site.
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The Future of Learning: Global Competence - Nurturing Empathy - YouTube

Meredith Copland and Jamie Maras, teachers from Bailey Lake and Clarkston Elementary, share what they do at their classrooms to help to develop empathy in their students.
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