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(Wall Street Journal) 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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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.

 

 

 

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Get Empathy | The Relational Center

Get Empathy | The Relational Center | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
What It’s About
Get Empathy is a youth leadership program for schools and community groups. It focuses on empowering young people to foster a culture of empathy in their environments.

 

The Challenge

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan found that college students today are 40% less empathic than they were in 1979, with the steepest decline coming in the last 10 years. A 1996 brief by the American Society for Curriculum Development warned that the “charge of enabling each student to achieve individual promise, including economic potential, often stands at odds with the broader need to prepare all learners to be good citizens“. It goes on to say that while “career preparation is a valid function of education, democracy demands much more. Democratic life requires critical inquiry, collective decision making, civic participation, and a commitment to the common good”. With a focus on preparing students to compete in the labor market, the culture of public education may neglect the basic lesson of empathy, leading to a culture that rewards peer humiliation and bullying.

Story Telling Tools
Storytelling naturally builds connection. When students have a deeper knowledge of each other’s life experience, their empathy toward one another is activated. When students receive empathy, they feel more connected to their own values and get clearer about how their challenges have inspired leadership.

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(Empathy in Education) Education, social skills, and empathy to combat bullying -  

(Empathy in Education) Education, social skills, and empathy to combat bullying -   | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Bullying culture is widespread in Australian schools, yet policies are handed down to schools, only to be scrapped, causing confusion and impeding progress. What actually constitutes bullying? How do we fix it?

 

Mr Yildiz says most young children who bully are copying behaviour modelled to them outside school. “Ignoring this behaviour in a school setting issues a ‘green light’; they need to be told: “No, that’s bullying!”

 

He says we must contextualise these corrections, by actively teaching empathy as a curriculum priority he recommends: “The best way to get people to change is to make them feel things.”

 

Suzy Barry

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(Empathic Education) How One School is Teaching Empathy After the Election

(Empathic Education) How One School is Teaching Empathy After the Election | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The story of a group of sixth graders learning to bridge political divides after the U.S. election.

 
A quest toward empathy

Feeling an obligation to define our terms, we asked students to first distinguish empathy from sympathy. Empathy (“feeling into”), they decided, is like putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, while sympathy (“feeling with”) means feeling bad for them. The distinction is not perfect, but the working definition allowed us to begin investigating our empathic capacities and the barriers that stand in the way.

 

According to the GGSC, “Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.”

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(Empathy In Education) The Power of Empathy in the Classroom 

(Empathy In Education) The Power of Empathy in the Classroom  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

by Paula A. Franzese 

 

A teacher is vested with the power and privilege to shape students' perceptions of themselves and the learning process. What is more, we are entrusted with the task of preparing our classes to navigate an increasingly complex world. Empathy is essential to that task.

When we teach with empathy we unleash empathy in our students' learning pathways, allowing both cognitive and emotional aptitudes to align. That alignment facilitates the development of the hard and soft skills essential to understanding and participating in interconnected spheres of exchange and influence. Empathic learning deepens our students' abilities to cultivate more nuanced, conceptual, and resonant understanding of subject matter. It facilitates the process of deriving meaning from context, allowing our classes to feel into settings and experiences different from their own. Empathy cultivates proximity to the "other," however conceived, thereby reminding our students that the burdens of their own struggles do not relieve them of the responsibility to see others in theirs and, from that shared perch, to find common ground.

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What You Need for a Caring Classroom:  outline three kinds of empathy kids need for success at work and in life.

What You Need for a Caring Classroom:  outline three kinds of empathy kids need for success at work and in life. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By Daniel Goleman and Peter M. Senge

 

 

More than three decades of research shows that telling our kids they are smart and praising achievement is not the way to get results. A new article in Scientific American, “The Secret to Raising Smart Kids,” suggests that “focusing on ‘process,’ rather than intelligence or talent, produces high achievers in school and in life.” This process consists of personal effort and effective strategies.

 

One process we are talking about today is building empathy into the classroom setting, and how developing emotional intelligence is key to success inside and outside of the classroom.

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14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy

14 Books and Movies to Teach Kids About Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Dr. Seuss schools kids on the importance of inclusion with this story about the “us vs. them” mentality. The Sneetches is about birdlike creatures that are exactly the same— except some have stars on their bellies, and some do not. The Star-Belly Sneetches think that they are better and look down upon the star-less Sneetches.
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Children and empathy: Developing an ethical code

Children and empathy: Developing an ethical code | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

In the book “Unselfie: Why empathetic kids succeed in our All-About-Me World,” educational psychologist Michele Borba talks about the importance of empathy, why children are having a harder time developing it and how to help children learn empathy to succeed.

Empathy is the ability to put yourself in someone’s shoes and understand what they are going through; it’s the ability to feel what they are feeling. Why is empathy so important? With ongoing societal issues like bullying, youth mental health concerns, teaching empathy to children is more important than ever.

 

by Kylie Rymanowicz,

Michigan State University Extension

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Roots of Empathy  

Roots of Empathy is a school based program that teaches emotional literacy to children. A baby & the family are introduced to the classroom once a month with 2 supporting lessons as well.
The children observe the changes in development & learn about caring.

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AHISD Responds to Bullying by Aiming to Create a ‘Culture of Empathy’

AHISD Responds to Bullying by Aiming to Create a ‘Culture of Empathy’ | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When faced with kids being cyberbullied, parents feel compelled to use tools of the adult world to solve the problem, even going so far as passing laws.

 

“We created a culture of entitlement where there is no empathy,” Lucas explained. “These kids have never had empathy fostered. They have no clue about putting themselves in other peoples’ shoes.”

 

With help from the Molak family’s David’s Legacy Foundation, AHJS hosted Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author of the book Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed In Our All-About-Me World. After spending the day at various AHISD campuses on Monday, Borba spoke to parents at AHJS in the evening.

 

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Madison Williams's curator insight, March 10, 8:46 PM
This article relates to our chapter because it talks about culture. My opinion is that something should be done about bullying because many kids get bullied if they are from a different culture.
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(Empathic Design) Design thinking is revolutionizing the classroom

(Empathic Design) Design thinking is revolutionizing the classroom | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When executed properly, “Design thinking teaches students the value of empathy for others, collaboration with team members, and the many intricacies of creative problem solving,” says Stein Greenberg.

 

 

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Creating a More Empathetic Society - YouTube

As Co-founder of Rabtt, Imran Sarwar trains university students in Pakistan to serve as volunteer teachers and mentors of high school students, who develop critical and creative thinking skills, self-confidence, and empathy. Learn how Rabtt is contributing to Sustainable Development Goal #4: Ensure quality education.
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How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Are we talking about empathy?

Well, yes, we're talking about empathy, and we're talking about the structure of engagement with the child, and at the core of successful programs is parenting. It's not so much having a pretty building.

 

.....What is important is finding this empathy, this ability to work with people, the engagement.

By empathy all I really mean is, you work with a child, you stay with a child, a child asks questions, you answer the questions. You don't discourage the questions and you promote them. At the same time you have a firm line where you say, "Yeah that's a mistake. You could go do a little better," and so forth.

We need a national empathy project, Professor Heckman.

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(Empathy in Education) The Importance Of Teaching Empathy To Preschoolers, Why All Parents & Teachers Should Do It

(Empathy in Education) The Importance Of Teaching Empathy To Preschoolers, Why All Parents & Teachers Should Do It | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

At its simplest, empathy is the awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It goes beyond sympathy, which is often thought of as feeling for someone, and instead, is feeling with that person.

 

Overview

Summary:  Discusses importance of, the why, and the how ,to teach empathy to preschoolers.

 

Definition: 

  • awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people.
  • is feeling with that person.


Benefits

  • -  bully
  • - uncontrolled aggressive behaviours
  • -  antisocial behaviours
  • -  behaviour problems.
  • + live a more peaceful existence.
  • +  share
  • + help others
  • + social skills
  • +  successful 


Training:  Many Ways To Build Empathy

  • attachment to a pet
  • look at the varying needs
  •  gardening
  • Connecting with other cultures


Author:  

ALEXA ERICKSON
AUGUST 1, 2016

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(Empathic Education) How Empathy Helps Us to Learn

(Empathic Education) How Empathy Helps Us to Learn | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Here’s why.

Empathy is healthy.
Today we know that positive emotions enhance well-being, health, relationships, and personal strengths.


Empathy promotes whole-child learning.
Empathy is estimated to activate the heart. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation, the close cousins of empathy, show pronounced, positive effects on brain processes.


Empathy triggers creativity.
Empathy, design, and collaboration are interconnected pieces of the creative puzzle. Therefore, empathy may be a necessary component of an educational system increasingly tilted toward design and inquiry.

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How Design Thinking Builds Empathy, Gives Purpose and Honors Educators (EdSurge News)

How Design Thinking Builds Empathy, Gives Purpose and Honors Educators (EdSurge News) | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When they’re working on a making project using the design thinking process, they develop empathy because they need to understand their audience or who they’re designing for. They’ll understand that it's important to be able to listen to others and to understand that everybody has something to bring to the table.
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Empathy in the Classroom - Seton Hall University

Empathy in the Classroom - Seton Hall University | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
In "The Power of Empathy in the Classroom," Paula Franzese goes further, and shares with her readers the philosophical, cognitive and behavioral science underpinnings to her approach as well as specific tools she uses in her "dazzlingly effective" teaching method.

Named an "Exemplary Teacher" by the American Association of Higher Education, Franzese makes clear that the key to effective teaching is empathy:

"Without empathy, we are teaching content instead of students. With empathy, we are better able to discern when a student is lost and when another has just made a connection. We see when a class member is engaged or disengaged.

 

We see where our students are and where they could be. Empathic teaching helps us to reach the whole class, including those at the margins and those who appear to be either left out or left behind. It requires that we call our students by name and ask that they put down their laptops and cell phones so that the power of human connectivity can do its work."

 

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Teaching Empathy in Schools: Why This is Important

Teaching Empathy in Schools: Why This is Important | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

When we think of quality education, what normally springs to mind? Math and reading skills, history, science, spelling, and things along those lines are usually a pretty good start. However, there is a piece of education that seems to be missing in a lot of children today. And it has the potential to create very serious problems.

Empathy in today's day and age is on a sharp decline. It is becoming a struggle for children to relate to other people, leaving them closed off and isolated. One study shows that children who entered college after 2000 had a shocking 40% decrease in empathy levels than the generation before them. So what's causing this? And how can private schools help change it?


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At Kauffman Leadership Academy, we use Parker Palmer's Habits of the Heart to promote kindness, empathy, but also good citizenship. Feeling safe is important in the learning process.
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Empathy  

Second video in our HELPRR series. Target group is 7-9 year olds. The video reviews the definition of empathy, its importance and steps to understanding empathy. This video is to be utilized as a supplement to the lesson plan and activity book produced by PECH Pros

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(Empathic Design) Empathy, creativity used in design thinking project

(Empathic Design) Empathy, creativity used in design thinking project | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

by Pamela Malinowski, eighth grade science teacher

In a science lesson coordinating with a recent guest speaker and reading in English class, eighth graders used Design Thinking and simple machines to create devices for people with disabilities.

 

The students in my eighth-grade science class had an introduction to Design Thinking last week. Instead of designing a wallet or some other similar device, my hope was to expose them to some experiences with which they may not be as familiar. Each student, upon entering the room was assigned a certain disability: they either were confined to a wheelchair or they had an arm amputated. At each station was a task they were asked to accomplish. These tasks included pouring cake batter from a bowl into a cake pan with only one arm, cutting carrots into thin strips with one arm, and seeing what was cooking on a stove from the vantage point of a wheelchair.

 

In total there were 11 different scenarios, and each student had a chance to try his or her task to gain a sense of empathy for living without being fully physically abled.  

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(Teaching Empathy) GCSU students teach empathy skills to preschoolers

(Teaching Empathy) GCSU students teach empathy skills to preschoolers | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Some Baldwin County preschoolers at the early learning center are learning empathy skills, with the help of Georgia College students for a behavioral study.

 

She says before empathy training, she was often at the school having to reprimand Christian for his behavior, but working with his emotional coach provides the one-on-one attention he needs, improving his behavior in his every day classroom.

 

Georgia College Professor Dr. Tsu-Ming Chiang heads up the program that works to teach basic social skills. Empathy, impulse control, and anger management.'

 

Jobie Peeples, WMAZ

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Most valuable lesson at one Florida high school taught at lunch:
By STEVE HARTMAN - On the Road -CBS NEW

Most valuable lesson at one Florida high school taught at lunch: <br/>By STEVE HARTMAN - On the Road -CBS NEW | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
A club called We Dine Together at Boca Raton Community High School makes sure that no one sits alone at lunch

 

Just imagine how different your teenage years would have been if the coolest kids in school all of a sudden decided you mattered.

 

“We’ll get to know each other better,” Jean said to another student.

 

It obviously takes a lot of empathy to devote your lunch period to this. Either that, or firsthand experience.

 

“I went from a school where I always had friends -- to coming to where I had nobody,” said club member Allie Sealy.

 

Allie transferred to Boca High two years ago. She says with no one to sit next to, lunch can be the most excruciating part of the day.

 

By STEVE HARTMAN CBS NEW

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Education World: Teaching Empathy in a Post-Empathetic World

Education World: Teaching Empathy in a Post-Empathetic World | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
How do we teach "empathy"? It’s a fair question, followed up with, “How do we have the time to teach something like ‘empathy’ in our academically rigorous classes?” Often bundled up and pushed aside as non-compulsory “character education”, this sort of work can sometimes seem arbitrary and time-consuming. However, the science shows there is nothing further from the truth. In fact, an empathic school is a smarter school.

Multiple studies have now shown a strong correlation between student empathy and academic achievement. Vicki Zakrzewski, Education Director at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, notes, "Scientific research is starting to show that there is a very strong relationship between social-emotional learning and cognitive development and performance.

 

How Does This Fit Into My Curriculum, Though...

"Resource Highlight: A Mile in Our Shoes...

Where Do I Start?...

  • 1. Teaching Point of View...
  • 2. Argument vs. Persuasion: Civil Discourse...
  • 3. Teaching Listening...
  • 4. Empathic Civilization: Jeremy Rifkin...

 

 by Keith Lambert,
Education World Associate Contributing Editor

Lambert is an English / Language Arts teacher in Connecticut.

 

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(Empathic Design) How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

(Empathic Design) How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of our empathy project, a collaboration to spark empathy and understanding in our classrooms and communities. As educators on the frontlines, we’re constantly navigating the complexities of building inclusive spaces within diverse communities. But now more than ever, striving for safe and supportive environments for all learners feels urgent.

We recently heard from Jazmin, a high school English Language Arts teacher in El Paso Independent School District, about a story that reminded us of the importance of empathy for and between students. “Our football team arrived on a Dallas field for an away game to a crowd of students yelling: ‘Go home’ and ‘Build a wall’”, she said. “We really didn’t know how to repair after that.” How does a classroom repair after that? How might we surface shared experiences so that we feel more connected? This is what we want your help in solving:

How might we build empathy for and across students so that we serve their diverse needs and better understand each other?

 

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Share insights! Empathize. We’re not designing yet. Post inspirations, interview others, and get insight from outside of education.

 


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Empathy: Beyond One’s Self

Empathy: Beyond One’s Self | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
It is so important students develop empathy and even more important teachers have empathy – to build on relationships and connect with every student in our classrooms. To truly help our students, we must first know how it feels to be in their shoes.

 

That’s why it is so critical to self reflect on our day, and imagine how our students feel inside and outside of their classroom. When we begin to imagine how it feels to be a student in our classroom, we’ll be able to have much more of an impact and the students in turn will develop empathy because they are living it and seeing it daily in their classroom from a teacher who cares. It comes down to the golden rule: Treat others they way you want to be treated. Be kind. To yourself. To others. Always.

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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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