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Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows | Stanford News Press Release

Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows | Stanford News Press Release | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When teachers think empathically, and not punitively, about misbehaving students, they cultivate better relationships and help reduce discipline problems, Stanford research shows.

 

The findings showed that giving teachers an opportunity to express their empathic values – to understand students’ perspectives and to sustain positive relationships with students when they misbehave – improved student-teacher relationships and discipline outcomes.

 

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 27, 10:02 AM
My career has been built on thinking empathically to help students find success. This is so important!  As Rita Pierson said, "Students don't care to learn until they know you care."
Ian Masson's curator insight, May 27, 10:27 AM
Just goes to show how crucial empathy can be in avoiding so many conflicts.
Chris Carter's curator insight, May 27, 8:18 PM
Life is about relationships.
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A Focus on Empathy, Not Punishment, Improves Discipline

A Focus on Empathy, Not Punishment, Improves Discipline | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

New research at Stanford University encouraged middle school teachers to take on an “empathetic mindset” when students were being disciplined. The study found that the number of pupils who were suspended across the academic year halved, from 9.6% to 4.8%....

A crucial part of teaching young people is to create positive relationships with students, said Okonofua and Walton, particularly students who are struggling. But some school environments have “zero-tolerance” policies concerning student behavior. In turn, this exposes some teachers to a “default punitive mindset.”

“It is heartbreaking,” Walton said. “Teachers are caught between two models, a punitive model that says you have to punish kids to get them to behave and an older model that goes to the heart of the profession, which says that teaching is all about building strong relationships with children, especially when they struggle.”

 

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Join the Empathy Trainers Association - Now Forming

Join the Empathy Trainers Association - Now Forming | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The Association For

  1. Empathy Trainers who have similar and common interests, activities and concerns about teaching empathy.
  2. Mutual promotion of the welfare of all it’s members.
  3. Protect and advance mutual interests.
  4. Set and maintain standards.
  5. Promote social, advertising and political action to get communities, organizations, businesses and government to support empathy training programs.
  6. etc


Benefits for Members

  • Access to training curriculum from other members.
  • Share training materials and resources.
  • A directory of empathy trainers that prospective clients can access. For Clients - If you're looking for a trainer you have a place to go 
  • Offer business support and leads to members. 
  • Discussion forums listservs.
  • etc

 

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New Literacy and the Changemaker Generation: Why Empathy Is As Important As Reading And Math

New Literacy and the Changemaker Generation: Why Empathy Is As Important As Reading And Math | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
In a world of interaction and complexity — one that relies on collaboration for success and contribution — the stakes for every child mastering empathy have never been higher. Team-of-teams is a way of working that is highly interactive, and individual integrity, a premium standard in this system, is directly proportional to change pursued for the good. Also, rules can’t keep up with this level of change, making cognitive empathy-based ethics essential in our everyday leadership and changemaking.

Youth learning must, therefore, be calibrated so teens are practicing cognitive empathy-based ethics, co-creative teamwork (team-of-teams), a new kind of leadership in which everyone on the team is an initiatory player, and changemaking. Learning in the early grades must be focused on the mastery of empathy as a fundamental skill needed for success and contribution in today’s dynamically changing world.
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Nick Leney's curator insight, May 10, 10:54 AM
'The skills needed to navigate a world based on efficiency in repetition are very different from those needed in a world where the premium is on change and innovation' - 

Yet traditional examinations continue to reward the skill of word perfect repetition!
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Obama Honors His Fifth Grade Teacher: 'She Taught Me I Had Something To Say'

Obama Honors His Fifth Grade Teacher: 'She Taught Me I Had Something To Say' | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
“She reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me. That is something that I carry with me every day as President,” he wrote. “This is the simple and undeniable power of a good teacher. This is a story that every single kid in this country, regardless of background or station in life, should be able to tell.”
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We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year

We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Teaching kids facts and analytical thinking skills isn’t enough, she said, adding that she hopes to use her new platform to promote service-learning — which involves community service activities, teaching kids to use their education for good and showing the importance of being empathetic.  

“We spend a lot of time teaching kids to be self-sufficient and high achievers, and I think we really need to spend some time also teaching them: OK, now what do you do with that? What does it mean? You have this knowledge and information, how can you use it to improve the human condition?” Hayes said. “I think we need to nurture empathy from a very early age.

 

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Teaching Empathy

The Circle School is part of the 2016 Big Give SA. At The Circle School, we teach empathy, by having our children volunteer, raising money for causes all over the world, and participating in local marches and protests. We believe that our children can and will grow up to change the world.
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Empathy Can Change the World

This video was dreamed up, scripted, and acted out by some of my amazing 8th grade students from Kalispell Middle School. The vision was to create a thought provoking short film that instills a challenge to the viewer to look at their own life, their own relationships, and their own sphere of influence, and see where a little empathy could help change the world around them.


In working in a middle school for the past 5 years, I've seen the power that a single act of empathy can have on a hurting student, and hope that this message will inspire viewers, just as my own students have inspired me in creating this. Please share in our vision for a more empathetic world.

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Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools

Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

How mindfulness training helps build a foundational social and emotional skill

I wanted to reflect  a bit on empathy and mindfulness. Humans are social beings and positive relationships are important for our happiness. Empathy is a capacity that allows us to understand the minds of others and to resonate emotionally with those states.

 

Empathy forms a cornerstone of social cooperation.

As you probably have heard, mindfulness has been linked to a range of positive effects and is being integrated into medicine,2 mental health3 and education.4 Here, I address two important questions:

 

First, what’s the relationship between mindfulness and empathy?

 

Second, can mindfulness training enhance empathy?

 

Written by Matthew Brensilver

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Peer counselors support fellow students with education, empathy

Peer counselors support fellow students with education, empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

High school students are taking ownership of the mental health of the teenagers in their building.   About 2,000 ninth grade students hear presentations each year on positive mental health and suicide prevention, thanks to the efforts of dozens of upperclassmen peer counselors.  

 

The suicide prevention trainings began among the peer counselors at Fort Collins High School a few years ago, after a student died by suicide, then spread to the other high schools as the students trained each other on what to say.

 

And they had a similar reaction this year, after hearing about two middle schoolers who took their own lives in the fall. The group started developing a training for middle school students around self-confidence that they'll pilot for the first time at eighth grade transition night on April 18.  

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School Discipline Evolution: De-Escalation And Trauma-Informed Care Are Becoming More Popular

School Discipline Evolution: De-Escalation And Trauma-Informed Care Are Becoming More Popular | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy is one of the most important skills to teach children, according to Parent Further. Focusing on empathy in applying school discipline is essential in making kids become more matured and emotionally stable people.

 

On the other hand, many educators feel that focusing on punishments and harsh consequences can traumatize children and worsen their behavior.

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, March 31, 9:05 AM
This is how you do it when you are student centered. Focus on the human being in front of you making mistakes as we all do from time to time.
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An Exercise in Empathy: When Principals Shadow Students

An Exercise in Empathy: When Principals Shadow Students | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Torres and I sat in Anderson’s class as a part of the Shadow a Student Challenge, an initiative from IDEO, the Stanford d.School and the Hewlett Foundation that hopes to foster empathy between administrators and students. It’s the first part of a larger suite of programs, School Retool, aimed at redesigning many traditional, entrenched school processes.

The goal, according to Susie Wise, Director of the K12 Lab Network at the Stanford d.School, is for principals to understand their students’ lived realities, develop empathy for them and start on the path towards change

 

  Shadowing a student is low-hanging fruit that can inspire empathy and immediate action.

 

By Blake Montgomery Mar 7, 2016

 

 

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Study: Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents

Study: Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

There is increasing concern about rising discipline citations in K–12 schooling and a lack of means to reduce them. Predominant theories characterize this problem as the result of punitive discipline policies (e.g., zero-tolerance policies), teachers’ lack of interpersonal skills, or students’ lack of self-control or social–emotional skills. By contrast, the present research examined teachers’ mindsets about discipline.

 

A brief intervention aimed at encouraging an empathic mindset about discipline halved student suspension rates over an academic year. This intervention, an online exercise, can be delivered at near-zero marginal cost to large samples of teachers and students.

 

These findings could mark a paradigm shift in society’s understanding of the origins of and remedies for discipline problems.

 

  1. Jason A. Okonofua
  2. David Paunesku
  3. Gregory M. Walton
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Why empathy in the classroom is so important

Why empathy in the classroom is so important | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

A new study out of Stanford shows that when teachers maintain an empathetic mind frame, students are less likely to be expelled.

 

The study was conducted by Jason Okonofua, Stanford psychology post-doctoral fellow and lead author on the paper, psychology researcher David Paunesku, and Stanford associate professor of psychologyGregory Walton and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

 

According to a press release on the study, these results came from the culmination of three separate experiments on inspiring empathy in teachers. ....

 

Approaching discipline with empathy works it practice too, according to 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Hayes explained that students need to be allowed to be kids and to handle problems from the point a student is at, not the point an educator feels the student should be at.

 

by Abby Payne

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Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy?

Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

According to a new study, empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half and improves student-teacher relationships.

 

A recent study out of Stanford University set out to answer some of these questions. This study found that adopting an empathic mindset and empathic discipline strategies strengthened student-teacher relationships, encouraged better behavior from students, and cut school suspension rates in half...

 

Clearly, students benefit when teachers adopt a more empathic mindset. But what does that look like on a daily basis?

 

Here are some suggestions for cultivating an empathic mindset and practicing empathic discipline as an educator:...

 

  • 1. Reframe the questions you ask when a student misbehaves...
  • 2. To better connect with students, explore your shared identity...
  • 3. Make empathy part of your school culture, starting with staff...

 

By Mariah Flynn

 

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Amplifying empathy in teachers can help prevent student suspensions, researchers find

Amplifying empathy in teachers can help prevent student suspensions, researchers find | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

School suspension rates have risen in recent years. And since the punishment is linked to more severe problems later in life, such as dropping out of school or ending up in prison, researchers at Stanford University have been looking for ways to prevent it.

 

Researchers asked one group of math teachers to complete a 45-minute online activity about how important it is to respect and humanize students. Meanwhile, another group of math teachers read about how to use technology in the classroom.

 

By the end of the school year, suspension rates were 50 percent lower for the empathy-trained teachers compared to the control group — at 4.8 percent instead of 9.6 percent.

 

Jason Okonofua, who led the study, said that more teacher empathy promotes classroom harmony as well, because the educators are not viewed simply as stern authority figures.

 

 

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Remarks by the President at the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Celebration

Remarks by the President at the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Celebration | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Now, among our country’s best educators happens to be our Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, Jr.  (Applause.)  John is someone who, like Jahana, found refuge in school as a youngster.  And he found role models in the classroom at a time when he needed them most.  And that experience instilled in him the empathy that makes him such a powerful voice for students and for teachers and for principals and superintendents and educators all across the country.  
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Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee]
(noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person’s feelings or experiences

 

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To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic

To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By Emily Underwood

 

One group of math teachers completed a short online exercise emphasizing empathy, which included readings about research that showed how caring relationships with adults contributed to student success. It also included writing prompts in which teachers shared their insights about empathy in the classroom.

 

For example, one teacher wrote: “I feel I need to earn my students’ respect and trust. I know many of them have had poor experiences with past teachers so I need to prove to my students that I am there for them and will not let them fail.” A second group completed a similar exercise. But instead of empathy, they read and wrote about the importance of technology to student development.

 

In contrast, only 4.6% of students whose math teacher had completed the online exercise on empathy were suspended, the team reports today in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, April 25, 9:10 PM

You cant get out of a person whats not in them . there are adults in authoritty positions that do not know how to give or receive love and the job they have is just that a job which they see as something they do to meet their needs. Some of them may have been abused and refused to even acknowledge they were and they are in denial about anyone elses abuse because if not they have to feel and deal with their own abuse issues and there are so many othersthat are out in the world with a smile on their faces but crying on the inside and afraid to admit they have hurts and pains to that they.have and endure because of what others may say or think about them and who they are per job or title but then to do we really show empathy before or after judging the persons and do we allow the judging to set our how much they are worth our empathy while forgetting no matter who we are somebody has had  and continue to have empathy on them / us to.

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Empathy enhanced by magnetic stimulation of the brain

Empathy enhanced by magnetic stimulation of the brain | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

KENZO LOW could always look people in the eyes, but it hurt. “I felt a piercing intrusive sensation, like they were threatening me,” he says. All that changed when he had a non-invasive form of brain stimulation. The idea was to see if it would alter any of his Asperger’s symptoms. Several months afterwards, he noticed a positive change in the way he interacted with his aunt: “I could look at her the entire time she spoke to me without flinching or cringing inside.”

Low is one of a handful of people participating in the first clinical trials to test whether transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) might boost social skills in people with autism spectrum disorders. As well as gaining insight into how an autistic person’s brain functions, it is beginning to look as if certain facets of ASD might be treatable – assuming of course that a person wants such intervention.

Early results suggest that empathy and social functioning improve when a small area at the front of the brain is stimulated, while ability to communicate and concentration appear to be boosted when TMS is used to suppress activity in a different region of the brain.

“Empathy and social functioning improve when a small area at the front of the brain is stimulated” 

 

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Empathetic 10-Year-Old Pioneers Creation Of 'Buddy Benches' In More Than 2,000 Schools In The US

Empathetic 10-Year-Old Pioneers Creation Of  'Buddy Benches' In More Than 2,000 Schools In The US | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Hardly can you find 10-year-old kids feel empathy towards other children. However, this one boy created Buddy Benches for his kids at school so that nobody feels alone during recess. His Buddy Bench led more than 2,000 schools to follow suit.

Christian Buck came up with the idea three years ago, when he and his family were contemplating of moving back to Germany. While looking for a possible new school, he saw a picture of a Buddy Bench, a place where lonely kids can sit during recess, so as to signal other kids to invite them to play.

 

Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob2OsHYQ7PM

 

 

 

By Snow McDiggon

 

 

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Troy Williams's curator insight, April 22, 6:51 AM
An excellent example of a little boy allowed to act on the compassion he felt for his fellow man. I commend the adults that fostered the empathetic act and encouraged the natural expression of a young man who saw a problem and fixed it. A tribute to excellent modeling and empowerment by the adults who mentor this child. Children are the future for peace and tolerance. They must learn to hate and want to do harm to others.
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Empathetic 10-Year-Old Pioneers Creation Of 'Buddy Benches' In More Than 2,000 Schools In The US

Empathetic 10-Year-Old Pioneers Creation Of  'Buddy Benches' In More Than 2,000 Schools In The US | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Hardly can you find 10-year-old kids feel empathy towards other children. However, this one boy created Buddy Benches for his kids at school so that nobody feels alone during recess. His Buddy Bench led more than 2,000 schools to follow suit.

Christian Buck came up with the idea three years ago, when he and his family were contemplating of moving back to Germany. While looking for a possible new school, he saw a picture of a Buddy Bench, a place where lonely kids can sit during recess, so as to signal other kids to invite them to play.

 

Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob2OsHYQ7PM

 

 

 

By Snow McDiggon

 

 

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Troy Williams's curator insight, April 22, 6:51 AM
An excellent example of a little boy allowed to act on the compassion he felt for his fellow man. I commend the adults that fostered the empathetic act and encouraged the natural expression of a young man who saw a problem and fixed it. A tribute to excellent modeling and empowerment by the adults who mentor this child. Children are the future for peace and tolerance. They must learn to hate and want to do harm to others.