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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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What makes a great teacher? Empathy - how to put yourself in their shoes

What makes a great teacher? Empathy - how to put yourself in their shoes | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

What makes a great teacher? Of course, we must know our subject and have a minimum of organisational skills. However, as we are working with people, “soft skills” are as important as qualifications or training. Passion, patience and persistence are all crucial. I believe that the greatest quality of all is empathy.

It can be all too easy to forget what it’s like to be a student once you’ve made the transition to the other side of the teacher’s desk. By putting ourselves in our students’ shoes, we can better understand them as individuals and make each lesson more useful, engaging and meaningful for everyone involved. Here are some ways to promote teacher-student empathy in your classroom.

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Study: Oxytocin Conditions Intergroup Relations Through Upregulated In-Group Empathy, Cooperation, Conformity, and Defense.

Study: Oxytocin Conditions Intergroup Relations Through Upregulated In-Group Empathy, Cooperation, Conformity, and Defense. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Humans live in, rely on, and contribute to groups. Evolution may have biologically prepared them to quickly identify others as belonging to the in-group (versus not), to decode emotional states, and to empathize with in-group members; to learn and conform to group norms and cultural practices; to extend and reciprocate trust and cooperation; and to aggressively protect the in-group against outside threat. We review evidence that these components of human group psychology rest on and are modulated by the hypothalamic neuropeptide oxytocin.


It appears that oxytocin motivates and enables humans to

  • 1) like and empathize with others in their groups,
  • 2) comply with group norms and cultural practices, and
  • 3) extend and reciprocate trust and cooperation, which may give rise to intergroup discrimination and sometimes defensive aggression against threatening (members of) out-groups.


We explore the possibility that deficiencies in (components of) group psychology, seen in autistic spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and borderline personality and social anxiety disorders, may be reduced by oxytocin administration. Avenues for new research are highlighted, and implications for the role of oxytocin in cooperation and competition within and between groups are discussed.

Authors: De Dreu CK, Kret ME

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"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..." Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives

"I Wish My Teacher Had Known..." Adults on How Teacher Empathy Could Have Changed Their Lives | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

by Lindsey Weedston

With CNN and The Today Show reporting on Schwartz’s class project, she has become a leading voice in the national conversation about the importance of teachers building trust with their students. Educators all over the country have been inspired to learn more about their students’ individual needs and personal hurdles by holding their own activities around “I wish my teacher knew.”


What started as one small classroom project has sparked a movement to improve the U.S. education system through simple empathy and understanding.

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Child Development Scholar Suggests Strategies to Build Foundation for Empathy, Tolerance

Child Development Scholar Suggests Strategies to Build Foundation for Empathy, Tolerance | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Select groups and activities that include a variety of children, suggests Bradford Wiles, so your child will learn to see the value in all people. Wiles, assistant professor at Kansas State University in early childhood development, explains that developing empathy for others has a positive effect on children and the adults they become.This classroom is made up of preschool children on the Manhattan campus.


Somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5, children start to develop the understanding that other people have thoughts and feelings, too.

"When you understand that, and can take another person's perspective, that is part of empathy," 


Wiles gives other suggestions on how to help children learn empathy and tolerance:"


  • Book with diverse characters....
  • Inclusive classrooms and play groups...
  • Talk. ...
  • Voice your expectations and aspirations for the child. ...
  •  No TV....
  •  Play materials that have multicultural aspect....
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Empathy in Action: Snapshots from a DC Classroom

Empathy in Action: Snapshots from a DC Classroom | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Where Empathy Appears at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School


For the teachers at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, empathy is a powerful tool. It is fundamental to how they structure their classrooms and how they teach their students. They imagine learning from the student’s perspective, meet their students where they are, and build lessons from there. They find ways to engage their students’ inherent curiosity and guide their discoveries.


But what does that look like in practice?
 

By increasing our understanding of others, empathy helps us strengthen our relationships, improve our work, and start building a better world. Empathy expert Roman Krznaric has called educators to “start an empathy revolution,” and the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School community is doing just that in simple, deliberate ways. Where does empathy appear in your classroom?


By Sammy Magnuson

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Teaching empathy

Teaching empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy is described as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California-Berkeley tells us empathy is the building block of morality and that it is a key ingredient to successful relationships.


Yet we continue to hear about the decline of empathy among students. In fact, one University of Michigan study found that today’s college students are an astounding 40 percent less empathetic than they were 10 years ago. And a recent study from Harvard University found that 80 percent of surveyed youth agreed with the statement “My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my class than if I’m a caring community member in class and school.”....

Empathy in the classroom 
Having empathy isn’t just about being “warm and fuzzy.” The science behind it deems it an essential skill. It decreases bullying and aggression among young kids, reduces prejudice and racism, fights inequality, enhances effective communication and promotes helping others in need.


Here are some simple ways you can help students of all ages build on their empathy...

  • Elementary school...
  • Middle school:....
  • High school, college and beyond: ...



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Design Thinking Students: Students Co-Designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy

Design Thinking Students: Students Co-Designing Their Own School for the Sake of Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

In order to inspire, motivate, and engage students in the learning experience, it is necessary to look at the world through their eyes.  When adults pause and consider the world through from the students’ perspective, we begin to examine their authentic needs, instead of the needs imposed upon them.  Educational models that value and incorporate student input are emerging as empathic to students’ needs. ...



This is how empathy as a skill is cultivated through design thinking in the K-12 arena. Planning one’s own educational framework is a wonderful empathy-building tool. It stimulates students’ engagement and intrinsic motivation while encouraging them to practice self-empathy in service of empathy for others.


by Lee-Anne Gray


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CTV Toronto: Roots of empathy

CTV Toronto: Roots of empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Naomi Parness has an inside look at a unique program aimed at developing empathy in students, and it's taught to them by a baby.
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Encouraging Empathy Through Play

Encouraging Empathy Through Play | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By David Reeves


While babies aren’t born with empathy, the good news is that children are able to develop the abilities of understanding and caring about others’ feelings as they grow older.

What they need is a little encouragement and help along the way. With that in mind, here are some specific ways to teach children empathy as they play, from role-playing to freestyle playing.

Role-Play Different Scenarios: Sometimes the best way to imagine what it’s like in another person’s shoes is to try them on...


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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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Empathy in Action: Snapshots from a DC Classroom

Empathy in Action: Snapshots from a DC Classroom | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

For the teachers at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, empathy is a powerful tool. It is fundamental to how they structure their classrooms and how they teach their students. They imagine learning from the student’s perspective, meet their students where they are, and build lessons from there. They find ways to engage their students’ inherent curiosity and guide their discoveries.

But what does that look like in practice?

At a recent Inspired Teaching staff panel, Jon Berg, a first grade Lead Teacher at the Demonstration School and one of the panelists, described the emotional continuums that adorn each classroom.


By Sammy Magnuson

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Meditation Should be Taught in School

Meditation Should be Taught in School | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By: Katie Arnold

Mindful meditation, or simply mindfulness, reaps big rewards for children, too. Research published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology in 2009 found that adolescents who participated in eight weeks of mindfulness-based stress reduction showed an 80 percent reduction in mental health problems.


A 2013 study in the Journal of Positive Psychology reported that low-income third-graders who participated in once-a-week sitting meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises showed a noticeable decline in hyperactive behavior and ADHD symptoms.


Studies have also shown mindfulness to increase kindness, empathy, and emotional control in fourth- and fifth-graders and to ease school-related violent conflict by 65 percent. 

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection

Five-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
More Resources for Teaching Kindness and Empathy
If you agree that raising a generation of kinder, more compassionate, generous, and connected kids will benefit us all, the next step is to find resources to teach all those wonderful skills. Fortunately there are a number of organizations out there that offer tools for parents and educators to do just that. I've collected just a small sample below.


But do remember that one of the best ways we can teach our kids to be thoughtful and empathetic is to model it ourselves! So start making time for kind and generous acts, no matter how small -- they can make a huge difference.

  • Start Empathy Initiative from Ashoka
  • Educator Resource Page from Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
  • Roots of Empathy Program
  • Classroom Resources from Teaching Tolerance
  • Kindness Curriculum from Life Vest Inside
  • The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education
  • Education Resource Page from Greater Good Science Center
  • The Kind Campaign
  • Ripple Kindness Curriculum
  • Educator Resource Page from Project Happiness
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The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning

The Power of Parenting with Social and Emotional Learning | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Social and emotional learning (SEL) involves acquiring and effectively applying the knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Fortunately we don’t have to make the choice between teaching social and emotional skills and academic performance. In fact, one relies upon the other, just as the head needs the heart. Essential life skills serve as a foundation for academic achievement whether we define it as grade point averages, results from high stakes tests or other measures of performance. And many schools are not only making that connection but also implementing research based curricula that teach social and emotional learning alongside academic content.

While teaching skills like empathy, active listening and collaborative problem solving, schools are simultaneously preventing unhealthy, high risk behaviors including school violence.


by Jennifer Miller

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A radical approach to discipline that starts with listening to students

A radical approach to discipline that starts with listening to students | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Metropolitan ninth-graders Latrese Martin, Ross Jacobson and Tia Stevens say their trauma-informed class gives them a place to be heard. (Photo: Meredith K
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Empathy program coming to local schools

Empathy program coming to local schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The Alberta government will expand a pilot project that provides mental health supports to children in Red Deer schools, and develop a province-wide approach based on an evaluation of all current school-based mental health programs.


Through the Creating Connections strategy for addiction and mental health, the province has built a partnership between the health system and schools over the last decade and Alberta Health is currently funding mental health programs in 193 schools, in addition to the Empathy program in Red Deer.
 

Moving forward, Alberta Health will fund an expansion of Empathy in 2015-16. Based on the results of the evaluation, the department will work with Alberta Health Services to develop a province-wide approach to increase access to evidence-based mental health supports.

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Alberta expands Empathy, a mental health support program for youth

Alberta expands Empathy, a mental health support program for youth | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

“The EMPATHY program has had a significant impact not only by identifying and providing needed support for students with potential mental health issues, but also by creating conversation and awareness among students, staff and families,” said Mark Jones, principal at Central Middle School.


By Megan Brennan 

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The Power of Collective Empathy: Janice Toben @ TEDxYouth@SanRamon

Janice Toben is an educational consultant working in Bay Area public and private schools and across the country to promote positive school climate through the skills of social and emotional intelligence.


She directed The Nueva School's Social and Emotional Learning Program for twenty-seven years where her teaching and coaching efforts focused on children, ages 5-14, and parents, generating a model for curriculum design and comprehensive lessons to creatively foster inter and intrapersonal skills. 



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Opportunities For Empathy in the Classroom

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
Terry is a writer and educational theorist interested in pushing how we think about teaching and learning in a connected world. He has taught middle and high school, and now serves as Director of TeachThought

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Can and Should Empathy Be Taught in Schools?

Can and Should Empathy Be Taught in Schools? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it


They go on to explain, “Knowing what someone else is feeling plays a fundamental role in interpersonal interactions.”


Although there was not a consensus on whether or not empathy could be taught, the benefits of exposing students to the idea of empathy were seen as a move in the right direction.


It was asserted that modeling empathy works best for some, but others agreed that it was a skill susceptible to training &enhancement programs; such as direct narratives and class discussions.


Teaching empathy can benefit the overall school climate and gifted students in particular. Infusing the school climate with empathetic behavior has a residual effect on co-workers and staff.


by Lisa Conrad


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