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The Impact of Activating Empathy in Schools - Elementary School Students Take Initiative with a Stop Bullying Video

The Impact of Activating Empathy in Schools - Elementary School Students Take Initiative with a Stop Bullying Video | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
What’s empathy got to do with it? The textbook definition is “the ability to understand what someone is feeling.”


But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more. It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next. In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace.


By Lynn Stewart

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Customer Development and Empathy in Education presented by Startup Weekend Education Labs

Customer Development and Empathy in Education presented by Startup Weekend Education Labs | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Successful edtech startups/problem solvers all have one thing in common: they understand their users' needs and are constantly adapting to meet them.


During this hands-on workshop, you'll learn tips and tricks for interviewing a potential user in education and mapping out their needs. You'll also hear from a real educator/entrepreneur.

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This is Roots of Empathy

Take 2 minutes to find out about Roots of Empathy.
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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.


2. Emotional empathy: a brain-to-brain linkage that gives us an instant inner sense of how the other person feels – sensing their emotions from moment to moment. This allows "chemistry" in our connections with people.

Those two are very important of course; they're key to getting along with other people, but they're not necessarily sufficient for caring.


3. Empathic concern – ....


by Daniel Goleman

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A New Approach to Education

A New Approach to Education | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Empathy and Academic Success
The key to compassion is being predisposed to help -- and that can be learned.
 

There is an active school movement in character education and teaching ethics. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about ethical virtuosity, because

 

we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on them. This begins with empathy.


Daniel Goleman 

Author, 'Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence'

Culture of Empathy Builder Page: 
 http://bit.ly/jc7Dam


  

Peter M. Senge 
Culture of Empathy Builder Page: 

Senior Lecturer at the MIT

http://j.mp/1nsrN4v


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Learning in general happens best in a warm, supportive atmosphere, in which there exists a feeling of safety, of being supported and cared about, of closeness and connection. In such a space children's brains more readily reach the state of optimal cognitive efficiency -- and of caring about others.

Such an atmosphere has particular importance for those children at most risk of going off track in their lives because of early experiences of deprivation, abuse, or neglect. Studies of such high-risk kids who have ended up thriving in their lives -- who are resilient -- find that usually the one person who turned their life around was a caring adult.

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Learning Empathy by Design

Learning Empathy by Design | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By Eleanor Bedford

How Peace Tables Can Save Classroom Time, Build Problem-Solving Skills, and Increase Confidence


Ask an elementary school teacher what the least enjoyable part of their job is, and many will tell you: managing classroom behavior. Mediating minor disputes between students in the cafeteria, in the classroom and on the playground comes with the territory, but it can also drain teachers' energy and creativity and take up valuable time.

But what would happen if kids were expected to mediate their own disputes?.... 


After that, the process continues but the table itself is no longer there because practicing empathy and conversation has become second nature.


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Video: Children Learn Empathy with Babies

Video: Children Learn Empathy with Babies | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Students graduate from an empathy class in Washington D.C., and bid farewell to a special teacher. 


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The “disarming power” of babies to “help teach children how to be kind” (and empathic)

The “disarming power” of babies to “help teach children how to be kind” (and empathic) | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

How do babies fit into this program which is based on “Roots of Empathy” which is now common across Canada? According to Ms. Brown


“Roots is built on a simple notion: When babies such as June bring their huge eyes, irrepressible smiles and sometimes unappeasable tears into the classroom, students can’t help but feel for them.

By Dave Andrusko


The idea is that recognizing and caring about a baby’s emotions can open a gateway for children to learn bigger lessons about taking care of one another, considering others’ feelings, having patience.”

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Video: 'Roots of Empathy' program at Beauvoir Elementary School aims to reduce student aggression

Video: 'Roots of Empathy' program at Beauvoir Elementary School aims to reduce student aggression | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Beauvoir Elementary School is using toddlers to help raise social and emotional competence and increase empathy within the classroom in order to reduce aggression.


The “Roots of Empathy” curriculum has nine themes that are specialized for students in grades kindergarten through eighth. A certified instructor meets with the students before and after the family visits to prepare each theme or review what they saw.
 

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Video: Relational aggression-withholding friendship as a weapon-is seen in children as young as 2½

Video:  Relational aggression-withholding friendship as a weapon-is seen in children as young as 2½ | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Children, especially girls, who are still in kindergarten or even younger form cliques and withhold friendship as a weapon. New programs aim to teach empathy.


Children still in kindergarten or even younger form cliques and intentionally exclude others, say psychologists and educators who are increasingly noticing the behavior and taking steps to curb it.


Special programs are popping up in elementary schools to teach empathy as a means of stemming relational aggression, a psychological term to describe using the threat of removing friendship as a tactical weapon.



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Teaching Kids Empathy for Those with Autism and Special Needs

Teaching Kids Empathy for Those with Autism and Special Needs | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Children with special needs like autism experience a high rate of bullying and often are excluded from activities like sports.


In this video, HealthMaker Matthew Certner, cofounder of SNAP (snapclinics.org), discusses SNAP's efforts to teach empathy.

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Through Children's Eyes: The Power of Empathy - YouTube

Through Children's Eyes: The Power of Empathy - YouTube | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

A class of Sydney schoolchildren reflect on the power of empathy in ending poverty and creating a more equal world.

These Class 4 students were the first to take part in a new primary school curriculum on global empathy developed by The Shared Initiative.


The experiential, interactive curriculum empowers children to step into the shoes and lives of other people around the world,


building a personal, emotional connection with issues of global poverty and inequality.

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Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father

Empathy paradise: Students at a Jewish Day School reflect on Zak Ebrahim’s experience growing up with an extremist Muslim father | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
With Rosh Hashanah fast approaching, Sara Beth Berman of the Davis Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, wanted to create a lesson for the school’s middle school students around the ideas of empathy and forgiveness.

“In the month preceding the Jewish New Year, we talk a lot about how to forgive, how to accept forgiveness, and how do you want to be better in the new year,” says Berman, the experiential educator at this Jewish day school. “I was working on finding something to teach on these topics. And I was coming up short.”
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Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course

Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more.


It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next.


In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace


. By completing this free course, you will gain practical tips and ideas from 60 leading elementary schools, 21 social entrepreneurs, and leading experts from across the Ashoka network on how to instill empathy in children, preparing them for the world ahead

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Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows

Fiction Teaches Students Empathy, Research Shows | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Children can learn empathy through reading fiction and identifying with characters in a story, a new study concludes.


At the American Psychological Association 's 122nd Annual Convention in August of this year, Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University, spoke about his study examining the relationship between reading fiction and being able to emphasize with others.


"When people read stories we invoke personal experiences," he said. "Even though fiction is fabricated, it can communicate truths about human psychology and relationships."


By Kristie Chua 

September 8, 2014 



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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Author and global ed advisor Homa Tavangar makes a case for why empathy is the most important back-to-school supply we can give our children.


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.

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Compassion seen as way to eliminate ‘epidemic of anger’ in schools

Compassion seen as way to eliminate ‘epidemic of anger’ in schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Scarlett Lewis, whose 6-year-old son was among the 20 children murdered in the Sandy Hook school massacre, told educators in Seattle on Tuesday that one key to better schools is compassion.


“It took a lifetime of anger and frustration and loneliness and could have been stopped.


I know that if Adam had been given a compassionate education, and been shown compassion, Sandy Hook would not have happened.”


by Claudia Rowe:

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Engineering Empathy - Center for Educational Improvement

Engineering Empathy - Center for Educational Improvement | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Educators at every level of schooling—from Pre-K to Higher Education—benefit from including lessons that either incorporate or revolve around the concept and practice of empathy.


Empathy is frequently posited as one step “past” sympathy—you not only can acknowledge the emotions of another person, but you can step into their shoes to the degree that you can feel the emotions they are feeling.


The inclusion of empathy in education is infrequent, and when it is included, it is targeted to liberal arts subjects like history or social sciences.


Empathy is almost never incorporated into STEM-related programs or career paths, especially in higher education. With this in mind, the advice given by David Kelley to the 2014 Class of Engineering at Dartmouth at their graduation ceremony seemed to come from left field…“Empathize.”


By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern

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Empathy In Action: One Teacher’s Story, Techniques and Tips

Empathy In Action: One Teacher’s Story, Techniques and Tips | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
How project-based learning and a student-centered environment promotes plenty of opportunities for applying empathy


Creative Collaboration. When students work together on projects, they practice problem solving and critical-thinking. A recent study of economics prompted Leah’s class to decide that they wanted to open and run a school snack shop. So they needed to advertise! Students worked in groups of six to create advertising campaigns.


“The necessity of having to include everyone’s ideas in creating a unified vision for their campaigns was a great opportunity for practicing empathy,”


Leah observed. Ensuring that everyone’s ideas were incorporated was no small task, but it worked. Brilliantly!


By Eleanor Bedford


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Now that "Empathy" is becoming a key word in education, bring on the arts.

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“Empathy” – the single most important skill in verbal judo

“Empathy” – the single most important skill in verbal judo | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Empathy – represents the single most powerfulconcept in the English language. Yet it is surprisingly the least understood by most people.


Thompson taught us that empathy has Latin and Greek roots: Em, from the Latin means “tosee through” and pathy, from the Greek means “the eye of the other.” So to empathize means “to understand, to see through the eyes of another.”


In speaking about empathy, Thompson said: “It is the most crucial skill in both physical and verbal judo.”


In other words empathy is the quality of standing in another’s shoes and understanding where he’s coming from.


 Author: Robert Tilford 

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Video: Can a baby teach students to be nicer? Five D.C. schools say yes.

Video: Can a baby teach students to be nicer? Five D.C. schools say yes. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Infants become the teachers at five D.C. schools as students learn lessons about kindness.


The newest teachers at the District’s Maury Elementary School haven’t been to college. They can’t tie their own shoes. They don’t speak much English. And they aren’t potty-trained.


They are babies. Mostly bald, and completely mesmerizing.

Maury is one of five D.C. elementary schools attempting to harness the disarming power of infants to help students recognize and deal with emotions in themselves and their classmates. The babies, in other words, are meant to help teach children how to be kind.


BYEmma Brown


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“As important as it is to learn to read,

it’s also important to learn to relate,”

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D.C. classrooms welcome babies in effort to teach empathy + Video

D.C. classrooms welcome babies in effort to teach empathy + Video | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Video: http://wapo.st/1kyu1gM


Roots is one of many character-education and social-emotional learning programs that are in vogue. President Obama has spoken of the need to address the nation’s “empathy deficit,”


while KIPP — the well-known and successful charter school network whose motto is “Work hard. Be Nice.” — has popularized the effort to teach grit and other intangible traits in addition to rigorous academics...


Duckett said the empathy instruction appears to have made a significant difference for four or five students in particular.


One of them is Kanye Cheeks, who during a recent classroom visit returned June’s shy smile with a grin.


WRITTEN BY Emma Brown

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Relational aggression-withholding friendship as a weapon-is seen in children as young as 2½

Relational aggression-withholding friendship as a weapon-is seen in children as young as 2½ | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Children, especially girls, who are still in kindergarten or even younger form cliques and withhold friendship as a weapon. New programs aim to teach empathy.


Special programs are popping up in elementary schools to teach empathy as a means of stemming relational aggression, a psychological term to describe using the threat of removing friendship as a tactical weapon.


Children also are being guided in ways to stand up for themselves, and to help others, in instances of social exclusion. Though both boys and girls exhibit relational aggression, it is thought to be more common among girls because they are generally more socially developed and verbal than boys.


 by Sumathi Reddy 


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she engages in role playing with the children

to teach them both empathy and how

to stand up for themselves. 

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At Pa. School, Teens Build Empathy By Confiding In A Crowd

At Pa. School, Teens Build Empathy By Confiding In A Crowd | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Kids can act out when they're feeling isolated, so one Philadelphia school encourages students to take the mic and reveal their deepest fears in front of their peers. The result? Honesty and kindness.


Imagine this: a high school assembly where students share their deepest, most painful secrets — and instead of judgment from their peers, they get applause.


That's the approach Philadelphia's Freire Charter School has taken in its effort to prevent the next violent outburst or the next tragedy on campus. Instead of turning to guards or metal detectors, the school is making empathy part of its curriculum.


For the students, it starts with a simple prompt: If you really knew me, this is what you'd know.


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He then challenged his classmates and

put this empathy-building exercise

to the test.  

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Empathy in Education - design thinking serves as a practice for cultivating empathy.

Empathy in Education - design thinking serves as a practice for cultivating empathy. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

It was a very grim day, when I began to notice the profound lack of empathy in education, particularly in public education...


Design thinking captured my attention because empathy is one of the modes of the process.  In this student-driven, human-centered, multi-disciplinary problem solving approach, empathy is not only a mode, but the essence of the process.


Simply going through the steps of design thinking serves as a practice for cultivating empathy. .... 


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To my amazement and delight, there's a

public school in Southern California

integrating design thinking

into their model. 

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Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

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