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Teaching Empathy in Education Magazine

Teaching Empathy in Education Magazine | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

 

Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

*   Front Page
*   Animals
*   Art
*   Compassion

*   Compassionate Communications (NVC)

*   Curriculums
*   Education
*   Empaths

*   Empathy Quotes

*   Empathic Design
*   Health Care

*   Justice

*   Self-Empathy & Self-Compassion
*   Teaching - Learning
*   Work 

*   etc.

 

 

 

Edwin Rutsch, Editor

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Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
I see seven ‘dots’, if you will, that begin to paint this emerging picture of schooling in the future:

 

Empathy underlies collaboration
As social-emotional learning becomes more necessary to help students navigate life and work, empathy is getting more popular by the day, for good reason:...

 

Empathy is healthy
In the last twenty years, discussions about emotions have taken a radical turn....

 

Empathy promotes whole-child learning
A critical dot, overlooked in our brain-centric world, is that empathy may activate the heart....

 

Empathy ‘opens’ us up
The frontal lobes of the brain, at least as much as we know now, are the seat of planning, execution, problem solving and creativity—...

 

Empathy powers up inquiry and project based learning
Instruction is clearly headed in the direction of student-centered approaches such as inquiry and PBL....

 

Empathy triggers creativity
Beyond rounding out the skills of collaboration and communication, empathy, design and collaboration are interconnected pieces of the creative puzzle....

 

Empathy unites
The list could have started here, but on a planet that is now close to completing the globalizing process, empathy assumes a special role as the key emotion critical for seven-plus billion people to live in harmony and cooperative relationship...

 

Thom Markham, founder and CEO of PBL Global,

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Putting Empathy Into Action – Be Fearless Be Kind

Putting Empathy Into Action – Be Fearless Be Kind | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

PUTTING EMPATHY INTO ACTION
Here you will find different campaigns and programs to help parents and educators inspire kids to make a difference for others, share their story and celebrate those who are going above and beyond to BE FEARLESS BE KIND.  

What Is Empathy?

Let’s start by sharing the definition of the word “Empathy” as provided by Merriam-Webster:
•   em·pa·thy (ˈem-pə-thē); Noun: the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions : the ability to share someone else's feelings

 

According to Dr. Gwen Dewar, in Parenting Science, “most definitions of empathy include the idea of "tuning in" to the feelings of another creature. You watch someone else. You observe his/her situation. You recognize what he/she must be feeling and experience similar feelings yourself.  This is empathy at its most basic: The ability to feel another creature's pain—or at least imagine his pain in a vivid, personal way.”

 

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BFS 5th Grade Empathy  

This video is a short dance to the chorus of "Walk, Walk, Walk" from the Second Step guidance program. All rights belong to Second Step.
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Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens

Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Teachers are uniquely positioned to teach empathy, which will help children not only discover personal success, but also contribute to the betterment of society.

 

When young people develop empathy, they not only thrive in school and life, but they also impact their communities in positive, often extraordinary ways.

Individual and societal success depends on raising and educating children who care about others. But we have misled today's children to believe that success is achieved through test scores, material wealth, and personal gain. In turn, there has been a measurable shift toward self-centeredness at a time when society depends more, not less, on people who give of themselves.

6 Empathy-Building Habits of Great Teachers
  • 1. Create meaningful relationships with students.
  • 2. Nurture children's self-efficacy through mentoring.
  • 3. Teach values associated with good citizenship.
  • 4. Inspire students to become their best selves.
  • 5. Expose students to different opinions and worldviews.
  • 6. Link curriculum to real-world service activities.

 

Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD

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A New Video Series Is Designed To Help Kids Build Empathy

A New Video Series Is Designed To Help Kids Build Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
“Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human.”

 

A Silicon Valley educational technology company and researchers from Harvard have teamed up to launch a new series of animated videos in October about the importance of empathy, intended for teachers to use in building students’ social and emotional skills.

 

Developed by ClassDojo’s Big Ideas program and researchers at the Making Caring Common project at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, the series of three short videos, called “Empathy,” are the latest manifestation of a push to move promising ideas about social and emotional skill-building more quickly from research into classroom practice

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A BACK-TO-SCHOOL EMPATHY TOOLKIT : 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year

A BACK-TO-SCHOOL EMPATHY TOOLKIT : 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

RULES OF KINDNESS:

Brought to you by: Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative in collaboration with generationOn,

 

Whether your school year has already started or you're still enjoying the last days of summer vacation, it's never too early to start thinking about how you can make your classroom a more caring and compassionate place. If you're drawing a blank on where to start, we've got you covered.

 

As part of generationOn's Rules of Kindness Campaign, we've partnered with experts like Ashoka's Start Empathy and Dr. Lynne Kenney to come up with 12 ways to make sure kindness has a seat in your classroom:

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Midwest Summit featuring Google for Education -2016: Building Empathy through Digital Storytelling 

Midwest Summit featuring Google for Education -2016: Building Empathy through Digital Storytelling  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Dig into the power of digital storytelling through photos, videos, augmented and virtual reality. Create opportunities for students to construct and express their stories.

 

Build an empathetic community of learners by creating, sharing, and reflecting on a variety of perspectives. Have an opportunity to see, share and reflect on the power of empathy and how it plays a role in classrooms and schools.

 

Come experience different examples of embracing empathy through digital storytelling as well as dig into resources that can be used to create similar experiences. Leave with ideas for implementation and tools for creation to give empathetic voice to the students in your classroom and school.

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Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom: the Power of Empathy -  Education Week

Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom: the Power of Empathy -  Education Week | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

When introducing Design Thinking, elementary school teachers often worry that younger students cannot truly engage in empathy - the first step in the process - because they lack the initial experiences.

 

Julie Colantoni, a first-grade teacher in Medfield, MA, raised this concern during a Design Thinking introduction in an EdTechTeacher workshop. However, a few days later, when faced with a "bathroom challenge," she decided to trust the process.

 

First, Julie presented to her students that a problem existed in the school's bathrooms. Though guided, the students began to engage in empathy.

  • Why might this be a problem?
  • Who does this problem impact?
  • What could we, as first graders, do to fix this problem?

 

With those prompts, her students dove into the Design Thinking process. They came to their own realization that their actions impacted others and that this issue caused extra work for the school custodian. In essence, they defined the problem for themselves.

 

By Beth Holland

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Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools

Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

In Denmark, students learn empathy the way they learn math, in school. Not coincidentally, the Danes are the happiest people on earth.

 

What children do not come by naturally is empathy, the ability to understand another person’s perspective and want to help them.

 

Empathy, as it turns out, is a skill—akin to math or science or writing—that must be taught, over and over and over. And it must be taught. Not only does empathy help turn children into more pleasing people; it also is a key to forging social connections that contribute to overall happiness and success.

 

BY ROXANNE PATEL SHEPELAVY

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Why Danish Students Are Happier and More Empathetic

Why Danish Students Are Happier and More Empathetic | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Contrary to popular belief, most people do care about the welfare of others.

From an evolutionary standpoint, empathy is a valuable impulse that helps humans survive in groups. In American schools, this impulse has been lying dormant from a lack of focus. But in Denmark, a nation that has consistently been voted the happiest place in the world since Richard Nixon was president, children are taught about empathy from a young age both inside and outside of school....

 

Another program, which is increasingly popular, is called CAT-kit. This program is aimed at improving emotional awareness and empathy and focuses on how to articulate experiences, thoughts, feelings, and senses.

 

 

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#Activating Empathy "A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms" - Engage 

ENGAGE, unit 4, is for educators who, through the Changemakers Schools Diagnostic, have identified incorporating activities that build empathy in students into teaching practices as a personal learning goal for this course. By completing this unit, you will learn how to use the strategies of play, storytelling, immersion, and collective problem-solving to build empathy in students.
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A Glance at our Grants: Learning Empathy through Literature at Whittier (Episode 6) - YouTube

Not only does Deb Krygeris teach sixth grade at Whittier, she also co-leads The Reading Games. Naturally, she encourages her students to read and has built an impressive classroom library.

Research shows that classroom literature is one of the best ways to teach intangible subjects, such as compassion and kindness. So this year, Mrs. Krygeris requested and received an Education Foundation grant for several books that broaden student perspectives and cultivate empathy.
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Empathy via Drama 

G3 using drama to try and understand / empathise a little more about the thoughts and feelings of the person who buried a box below our school. What was their motivation?
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Empathy is the Future Trend in Education

Empathy is the Future Trend in Education | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Social Skills and Empathy are  Educational Issues

 

These are not just political or social issues, but educational ones as well. There has been a call amongst educational leaders to bring soft skills such as empathy back into education, and to make them a prime focus. We saw thought-leaders calling for these issues to be dealt with in education at this year’s Campus 2016.

 

Valuing diversity and tackling social exclusion were two of the most powerful talks at this year’s event which made an impact on the audience of 700 teachers and students. 

 

‘The significance of empathy, human interaction and authentic care for one another were clearly present in the speeches of the expert keynote speakers at the Campus Seminar. The speeches were inspirational, energetic, comforting and gave hope.’

 

Pekka Peura
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Philip Zalazo - The brain and promoting empathy in childhood  

Philip Zelazo, Professor at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, talks at our 2014 Research Symposium about the importance of executive function, reflection and neuroplasticity on promoting empathy in childhood.
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Why Empathy in the Classroom is Vital (and How to Practice It)

Why Empathy in the Classroom is Vital (and How to Practice It) | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
How to Effectively Practice Empathy in the Classroom


How can you foster empathy in the classroom? Below are just a few examples of ways you can introduce empathy into your classes.

 

  • Model it.
  • Try to communicate empathy. 
  • Emphasize shared values and common interests. 
  • Offer a safe environment to discuss differences. 
  • Use self-disclosure. 
  • Create opportunities for collaboration. 

 

by GDC Team

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A New Video Series Is Designed To Help Kids Build Empathy

A New Video Series Is Designed To Help Kids Build Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
“Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human.”

 

A Silicon Valley educational technology company and researchers from Harvard have teamed up to launch a new series of animated videos in October about the importance of empathy, intended for teachers to use in building students’ social and emotional skills.

 

Developed by ClassDojo’s Big Ideas program and researchers at the Making Caring Common project at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, the series of three short videos, called “Empathy,” are the latest manifestation of a push to move promising ideas about social and emotional skill-building more quickly from research into classroom practice

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Louisville's experiment: Can teaching empathy boost math scores?

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Louisville's experiment: Can teaching empathy boost math scores?


REIMAGINING SCHOOLS
An $11 million, six-year experiment in social and emotional learning aims to teach students compassion, empathy, and resilience. These so-called soft skills, research suggests, can translate into success inside and outside of school. 

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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
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. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. This skill is about as "21st century" as it gets. And like a muscle, empathy gets stronger and stronger with practice and can be developed by any grade school child. This is the muscle that allows you to stand up for something, not just stand by.
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Student empathy is disappearing from schools. Here’s how to get it back.

Student empathy is disappearing from schools. Here’s how to get it back. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Empathy through engagement

At the heart of the Class’s Hour approach is a focus on engagement. Fortunately, you don’t need to dedicate precious class time to make engagement a priority.

 

Here are some steps you can take to integrate principles of engagement without an overhaul of your existing curricula:

 

  • Empower students to express their thoughts and concerns, either in person or in private, such as in an online forum where students submit complaints.
  • Conduct a survey where students can express their fears and concerns anonymously. Share the data you collect from that survey to help students understand that their anxieties are shared by others.
  • Monitor social media for calls for help.
  • Let students know you’re listening to their concerns by drafting new policies or strategies and letting them know that they aren’t alone.
  • Provide empathy training to teachers and staff during annual professional development workshops and help educators prioritize empathy in their classrooms.

 

 

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Education Secretary Urges Schools to Tackle Racism, Teach Empathy

Education Secretary Urges Schools to Tackle Racism, Teach Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has placed attention on longstanding institutional racism and the racial bias that exists throughout society. But it's also led to resistance, as well as rising tensions between police and people of color.

Education Secretary John King said a big part of this problem could be tackled if schools teach empathy. 

"As an educator, part of our role is to help students to see the world through others' eyes," King said.

 

By DAVID DESROCHES 

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Lessons From Denmark: Teachers Can Incorporate Empathy in the Curriculum  

Lessons From Denmark: Teachers Can Incorporate Empathy in the Curriculum   | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
What secrets can U.S. educators glean from classrooms in the happiest country in the world?

After talking to teachers in Denmark, authors Jessica Alexander and Iben Sandahl discovered a surprising addition to the K-12 curriculum: weekly teaching about empathy. The cultivation of this learned skill in schools can make a difference for students throughout their lives, Alexander wrote in Salon.

In their book The Danish Way of Parenting; What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids (2016), Alexander and Sandahl highlight the power of a school program in many Denmark schools called "Klassen Time," which translates to the "Class's Hour." Once a week, students bring in a traditional cake and take an hour to connect with one another. The practice allows students and teachers to find solutions to unresolved problems they may have with each other, in the classroom, or at home in order to create a culture of openness and understanding.

 

By Kate Stoltzfus

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Tips & Tricks: Building Empathy with Your Classroom Dance Teacher - YouTube

Tips & Tricks: Using your Kinesthetic Intelligence to access & develop Empathy. Your Classroom Dance Teacher is an innovative web series, hosted by Teaching Artist & Movement Specialist, Leslie Kimiko, designed for teachers, parents & students alike, to introduce more MOVEMENT into our learning, & more learning into our play.

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Real Schools Webinar - Teaching Empathy - July 2016 - YouTube

WHY should we be concerned about Empathy?


* Because Australian Teachers are noticing a distinct decline in empathy levels of students, reducing their ability to build and sustain relationships with peers and authority. This is negatively impacting behaviour and also dramatically reducing their employability for the future.

HOW we can increase Empathy?
* Building empathy is about increasing our students' emotional intelligence and also their emotional vocabulary. No more should our students believe that any behaviour can only result in others feeling "happy, sad or angry". This is about creating classroom cultures hallmarked by young people who think, who take responsibility and who can imagine walking in somebody else's shoes. It's about knowing the difference between sympathy, apathy and empathy too.

 

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Vikki Coleman's curator insight, August 2, 11:11 PM
This article interested me because it speaks to the job of an educator not so plainly stated in the job description: cultivate students to become responsible people of a global society. Sometimes school leaders get bogged down in the politics and data that education requires, that we do not give as much attention to the individual people and personalities we are nurturing.

I would hope others to gain from this article/video the importance of teaching the whole person, from the heart to the mind.