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Mail: Re: “The Baby in the Well”

Mail: Re: “The Baby in the Well” | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Letter in response to Paul Bloom’s Critic at Large (May 20, 2013).

 

Paul Bloom, in his article on the irrational consequences of empathy, suggests that empathy is devoid of reason (“The Baby in the Well,” May 20th). Neuroscientific research has identified several distinct brain regions that are activated when humans are confronted with the painful experience of others. Empathy is a complex capacity that includes cognitive, emotional, moral and behavioral processes, not only to feel another’s pain but to imagine how one could alleviate his suffering and take rational steps to help that person.

 

Helen Riess, M.D.

Director, Empathy and Relational Science Program

Massachusetts General Hospital

Associate Clinical Professor

Harvard Medical School

Boston, Mass.

 


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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Escape Education’s Death Valley

The ever eloquent Sir Ken Robinson contends in this TED Talk that the culture of American education contradicts three principles that make human life thrive: diversity, curiosity and creativity.
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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories [Infographic]

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories [Infographic] | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.

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Kari Smith's curator insight, February 17, 2013 1:17 PM

Great background information to build our understanding. I really like seeing them all presented this way for easy comparison. 

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(Edudemic - 24 Déc 2012)

Christine Cattermole's curator insight, May 16, 2013 4:58 AM

A very visual illustration of learning theory.

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Early Childhood Education Importance, 85% of Brain Develops Before 5

Early Childhood Education Importance, 85% of Brain Develops Before 5 | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it
Most of the brain develops before the age of five, but only 14 percent of public education funds are used for early childhood education.

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Reggio Emilia Approach Gives Students a Voice in the Curriculum | NEA Today

Reggio Emilia Approach Gives Students a Voice in the Curriculum | NEA Today | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it
By Teal Ruland When Newsweek magazine recognized Reggio Emilia in the early 1990s as one of the top approaches to preschool education in the world, the

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Sam Boswell's curator insight, December 29, 2012 4:45 PM

Play power.

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Reggio Emilia in Missouri.

 

"“The Reggio approach equips them to use problem-solving strategies,” says Bailey. “The children have a strong sense of self, and they construct their own knowledge and do it well.”"

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Online Learning Resources: What to Consider? « weeboot

Now that my son is in kindergarten at a digital school, my family and I are becoming more exposed to online learning resources. Just like apps, there are lots of them out there. Some are great and some are meh, (think New ...

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Study shows people can be trained to be more compassionate

Study shows people can be trained to be more compassionate | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it

Until now, little was scientifically known about the human potential to cultivate compassion — the emotional state of caring for people who are suffering in a way that motivates altruistic behavior.

 

A new study by researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin–Madison shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate. The report, recently published online in the journal Psychological Science, is the first to investigate whether training adults in compassion can result in greater altruistic behavior and related changes in neural systems underlying compassion.

 

"Our fundamental question was, 'Can compassion be trained and learned in adults? Can we become more caring if we practice that mindset?'" says Helen Weng, a graduate student in clinical psychology and lead author of the paper. "Our evidence points to yes."

 

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Interview about Empathy and Child Development with Dr. Bruce Perry

Interview about Empathy and Child Development 
Bruce Perry co-author BORN FOR LOVE:Why Empathy Is Essential and Endangered" 


"One of the most important aspects of being a human being, is being able to be in a relationship. Being able to successfully form and maintain a relationship. And at the heart of that capability is the capacity to put yourself in somebody else's shoes, to see the world how they see it. That capacity is empathy"

Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX 

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5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning Success

Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) programs can help schools engage their students and improve achievement. Explore the classroom practices that make up the best and most effective SEL programs. Learn more at Edutopia:


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Should I Teach Problem-, Project-, or Inquiry-Based Learning? > Eye On Education

Should I Teach Problem-, Project-, or Inquiry-Based Learning? > Eye On Education | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post written by Eye On Education's Senior Editor Lauren Davis. This post was originally published on SmartBlog on Education o...

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Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills

Teaching Kids Peacemaking Skills | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it

Peace First is working to create a kinder, gentler tomorrow by teaching our kids right today.

 

Cultivate empathy. One of the key requirements for peacemaking is being able to envision yourself in someone else's shoes. Ask questions that challenge your children to see other people's perspectives—and also try to understand theirs. During play or reading time ask open-ended questions: "Why do you think she did that?" "What would you do in that situation?" And don't only focus on the "good" guys. There are lessons to be learned from understanding what motivates the "bad" characters too: "Why is the Joker so angry?"

 

By Eric D. Dawson


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All Things Kindergarten: Language, Language Everywhere!

All Things Kindergarten: Language, Language Everywhere! | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it
... all of your play centres. The kindergarten curriculum here has changed and the way the necessary skills are taught is different now too. ... We are inquiry based learning in a play based environment.

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Kari Smith's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:55 PM

Interesting way of explaining the "new" in kindergarten...curriculum is the same it is the approach to learning that has changed.

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The New Play-Based Kindergarten Curriculum Explained

The New Play-Based Kindergarten Curriculum Explained | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it

TVO - makes you think (http://t.co/w5qW5cZp
This is a website for parents and it has ideas of what you can do in relation to play based learning.)...


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The Ten Commandements of Play-Based Learning

The Ten Commandements of Play-Based Learning | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it
My day-to-day work with young children paired with the here-and-there trainings and consultations I do with other early childhood professionals continue to teach me this: one of the most difficult ...

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Although this article appears to be geared for the Early Childhood sector, the relevance of valuing a child's play is a timely and crucial reminder of the way our actions affect a child's learning journey. Empowering children to learn through play-based learning must be shaped by the acitivities we provide but then by their imaginations and their engagement in their activities. What are we doing in the classroom today that will leave a lasting impression on these students' lives?

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Play-Based Classroom: Reggio-Emilia: How To Bring the Most Out of Your Early Learning Environment

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Bully-Proof your Preschooler: EMPATHY

Bully-Proof your Preschooler: EMPATHY | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it

Bully-Proof your Preschooler – Part 2: EMPATHY
In our last article, Bully-Proof Your Preschooler, we featured tips and signs for helping young children deal with aggressors. Today we’ll take a look at empathy and its role in prevention.


Why empathy matters
Empathy is the ability to understand and identify with another person’s feelings. It includes regulating one’s own emotions and is central to success in social relationships. Children who are empathic are less likely to use aggression.

 

Empathy has to be taught
Although there is evidence that the human brain may be pre-wired for empathy, just ask a group of toddlers to share a toy and you’ll see plenty of evidence that empathy doesn’t come naturally! It has to be taught. That’s why you play a crucial role in the development of empathy skills – starting in infancy.

 

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Why empathy matters: Emily Bazelon offers tips for parents and educators

Why empathy matters: Emily Bazelon offers tips for parents and educators | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it

Bullying in schools and online is a complex issue with many facets and even more potential solutions. But, all things told, there’s really one idea that parents and educators can focus on when talking to kids about how to end it: Empathy. 

 

Empathetic, confident kids are not only less likely to bully others, they’re also less likely to stand by and watch as other kids are subjected to bullying. And even if they don’t intervene at the time when the bullying occurs, empathetic children make better allies to others, which can dramatically improve the culture of the schoolyard or the chat room. 

 

Emily Bazelon

 


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Teaching Children to Apologize - How to get kids to say 'I'm sorry' -- and mean it

Teaching Children to Apologize - How to get kids to say 'I'm sorry' -- and mean it | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it

Teaching Empathy

When teaching your children about the importance of apologies, the primary objective should be to teach empathy, too, says Fran Walfish, Beverly Hills-based psychotherapist and author of “The Self-Aware Parent: Resolving Conflict and Building a Better Bond With Your Child.”

“Most kids will apologize by default just to get you off their backs,” says Walfish. “Rather, you want to teach your children accountability, responsibility and a genuine sense of their own misstep.”


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Can Repetitive Exercises Actually Feed the Creative Process? | MindShift

Can Repetitive Exercises Actually Feed the Creative Process? | MindShift | Full Day Kindergarten | Scoop.it

"For many dedicated to re-making our schools as hubs of dynamic innovation and creativity, getting good at math or science or literacy might be better found in techniques like inquiry-based learning, less emphasis on standardized testing, and avoiding the soul-numbing “drill and kill” exercises and worksheets used to instill basic skills.

But what if the right drill -- without the kill — actually encourages creativity?"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 23, 2013 10:21 PM

This post explores this question "does creativity come "after lots and lots of rote learning (also called practice) has built a solid foundation of skills."  

It also presents the flip side of this issue, noting that aha moments, defined as "breakthroughs [that] come to people who have mastered an area" may not happen to a person who has "mastered something" since "their thinking about it often becomes locked in and it’s difficult for them to break out of this mental straightjacket."

And there is a third way to look at this issue, the belief that "a side-by-side combination of rote work and “aha” moments works better for students." 

This post looks at work by Doug Lemov and Kurt Wooten as well as Daniel Willingham. 

As educators we are concerned with how to best motivate our students, and this is an issue that impacts us daily. This post may challenge your thinking in a number of areas (and may move you to add some books to your list of summer readings). For more information on this topic click through to the post.

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Twitter / SArmstrongP: FDK inquiry in action! Students ...

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FDK inquiry in action! Students observed & studied caterpillers bcoming chrysalis snd the painted lady butterflies http://t.co/HPghizKpEa
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