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(Empathic Education) Could Teaching Empathy Prevent the Next Mass Shooting?

As mass shootings capture the national spotlight with more frequency, some experts are pushing for a radical solution: teaching empathy in schools. An elementary school in Richmond, Calif., is using one program to teach social emotional learning to its students. Photo/Video: Jake Nicol/The Wall Street Journal

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(Empathic Education) Babies help East Antrim schoolchildren learn ‘Roots of Empathy’

(Empathic Education) Babies help East Antrim schoolchildren learn ‘Roots of Empathy’ | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Six East Antrim primary schools have taken part in a unique scheme aimed at reducing levels of aggression amongst schoolchildren.

The innovative Roots of Empathy programme involves bringing a baby and parent into a classroom once a month throughout the school year, giving youngsters the opportunity to track the infant’s milestones.
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(Empathic Education) Low empathy linked to bully behaviour 

(Empathic Education) Low empathy linked to bully behaviour  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Does the sight of someone in pain or distress do little to move you? If so, you may share something in common with a bully.

Research into what makes a bully tick shows many have low levels of empathy and can be described as "morally disengaged".

There was no set profile for a bully, said Dr Jaimee Stuart of the Victoria University school of psychology, but there were "some really common characteristics" which could usually be identified by how a child interacted with other children.

"Particularly if there's a lack of empathy and a lack of care for other people's feelings, those are quite key indicators." '

 

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Empathy in Education

Empathy in Education | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Role of empathy in education:-

In 2012, researchers at McGill University in Montreal found a direct connection between empathy and learning capacity. It is part of social and emotional learning (SEL) as it helps the students to manage emotions, establish relationships and solve life problems.

 

It is an underlying foundation for student-teacher interaction that enables to know and connect with each other. This help the students to get rid of stress that affects their learning, brain development, memory power, reasoning ability and self control.

Positive relationships can be developed with the help of empathy skills. It enables the students to listen to others, understand & learn verbal and non verbal cues and appreciate the differences in others. Empathy stands as a main factor in developing leadership skills in students as a leader is expected to understand the thoughts and feelings of other people, expose their care towards them and value them as this will build trust by the followers on the leaders.

 

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The Trillium Empathy Experience

The Trillium Empathy Experience | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The Empathy experience is an interactive art exhibit that challenges stereotypes and prejudices through stories and dialogue.
May 26 - June 10th, 2016
The Milton Center For The Arts
​Featuring: The Human Library    Thursday May 26, June 2 & 9th
The Human Library is a place where people are books on loan for a chat
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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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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.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 24, 2:33 PM
As a teacher you must, must, must be emphatic.
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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.
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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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(Empathic Education) Roots of Empathy Program Offers Unique Way to Learn

(Empathic Education) Roots of Empathy Program Offers Unique Way to Learn | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Dennis say the program promotes social inclusion.

 

"When you learn empathy you learn to be able to put yourself in another person's shoes, so it really broadens your outlook on seeing other people for who they are and appreciating their gifts."

 

Carey Wilkinson Lee is an instructor with Roots of Empathy and says one of the interesting parts of the program is learning to understand your temperament in comparison to someone else.

"It's a fantastic part of the Roots of Empathy program because we are all born with certain temperaments and to realize which temperament you are born with- it's not all good or bad, or right or wrong, we're all fantastic."

 

Wilkinson Lee feels that when children accept their own traits they develop less mental health issues as they grow.

 

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Karen Warner: Operating with Empathy: How to Build Organizations for Real People

Have you ever felt dehumanized by a system or organization? What does it mean to treat each other like “real people”? In this talk, Karen Warner explores the impact of organizational empathy.

 

Drawing upon a background in the social sector and her own family’s story, Karen challenges us to design and lead organizations that put human empathy front and center.

 

 Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Four Essentials to Move Students from Apathy to Empathy 

Four Essentials to Move Students from Apathy to Empathy  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Four Ingredients that Move Students from Apathy to Empathy:

1. Margin..
A number of neuro-scientific experiments have been conducted, where brains were scanned to study how empathy emerges. Neuroscientists, like Dr. Thomas Lewis of UCSF, remind us that empathy is taken from two roots:

Em – to be within
Pathos – to feel or suffer with

2. Exposure...3. Hardship...4. Models...

 

Question:

How can you model more clearly the virtue of empathy each day?

How can you find time to tell stories of those who’ve embodied empathy?

 

Tim Elmore

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Rituals of Empathy and Social-Emotional Learning

Rituals of Empathy and Social-Emotional Learning | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Kristin Powers currently lives and works in Seattle, where she works with a strategy and design firm called Intentional Futures. She loves teaching art and English, collecting salts, and reading about black holes.

 

Kristin is passionate about empathy in the classroom, neuroscience, oxytocin research, playful learning, and serious games.

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Project promoted random acts of kindness

Project promoted random acts of kindness | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Being able to step into another person’s shoes is a life skill Robert Cumming believes his martial arts students need to know.

Cumming is the owner and operator of Jung Do Martial Arts Academy, where it’s his goal to teach life skills through martial arts. To learn how to empathize with others, Cumming asked his students to decide on a project to get them out into the community.

The result was Empathy Day, a day of random acts of kindness.

On Saturday, 80 students from the academy, most aged six to 14, spread out through Kingston to hand out “uplift bags” filled with gift cards and kind messages.

 

By Julia McKay,

The bags were given out to anyone, in a truly random fashion.

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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.

 

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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.