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'Look Closer': Figure Drawing As A Lesson In Empathy

'Look Closer': Figure Drawing As A Lesson In Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Humans together since the beginning of our kind, straining to notice, humbling ourselves by trying and failing, permitting ourselves our vulnerabilities, while slowly being seduced into empathy by a burnt twig of charcoal, now a magic wand.

 

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A pleasant way to understand others?

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 7 Ways to Teach Empathy and Prevent Bullying

(Teaching Empathy) 7 Ways to Teach Empathy and Prevent Bullying | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Make sure your child’s emotional needs are met. It is very difficult for children to treat others kindly if they do not feel loved. Everyone knows that one of the reasons that kids bully others is that they don’t feel good about themselves. Parents cannot expect their kids to be loving and kind to others if they are not being treated with love and kindness. This is especially true for victims of bullying or victims of sibling bullying.

 

Here are seven ways you can teach your child empathy.

  1. Make sure your child’s emotional needs are met....
  2. Ensure kids can identify and share their feelings....
  3. Encourage kids to explore other perspectives...
  4. Model empathy using everyday opportunities...
  5. Teach kids to find common ground with others....
  6. Encourage kids to imagine how someone else feels....
  7. Talk to kids about how their behavior impacts others....

 

By Sherri Gordon

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Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools

Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools | Teaching Empathy | 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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8 back-to-school books that teach empathy for kids with special needs

8 back-to-school books that teach empathy for kids with special needs | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Books are a great way to teach empathy to kids because the stories themselves allow us to see things from another perspective, to connect with others, and to learn that, as Dr. Seuss teaches us in Horton Hears a Who, “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

So I dug into some research and spoke to lots of other parents to select 8 terrific books for kids of different ages — from our preschoolers to our high schoolers — that teach empathy for kids who may be differently able

 

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From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness

From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

“When you read these books aloud, you can tell from their expressions that they are empathetic in relating to these characters. They understand what the characters are feeling,” says Sharon Rawlins, youth services specialist at the New Jersey State Library and president of the Collaborative Summer Library Program

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(Teaching Empathy) Denmark schools train students in empathy as early as preschool

(Teaching Empathy) Denmark schools train students in empathy as early as preschool | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
  • Danish children are exposed to lessons as early as preschool that are specifically designed to foster feelings of empathy and understanding.

  • The Atlantic reports a program called Step by Step presents young students with pictures of kids showing a range of emotions and helps them identify these feelings, talk about them and respect them.

  • Anti-bullying programs teach students to care more about each other, the CAT-kit program helps students develop empathy and emotional awareness and classroom teachers group students of mixed abilities to encourage collaboration, teamwork and respect across differences.


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From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness

From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
When you read these books aloud, you can tell from their expressions that they are empathetic in relating to these characters. They understand what the characters are feeling,” says Sharon Rawlins, youth services specialist at the New Jersey State Library and president of the Collaborative Summer Library Program.

[Want to teach your kids about empathy and compassion? Read aloud.]

Here are her suggestions for books that embody that:
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(Teaching Empathy) 10 ways to foster kindness and empathy in kids

(Teaching Empathy) 10 ways to foster kindness and empathy in kids | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
While some kids, like Jenna, seem to be hard-wired for empathy, we need strategies to reach those who are not. No one sets out to raise an unkind child. To teach kids to be kind, it’s critical to start young, when they can most easily absorb fundamental lessons. The stakes get higher as kids age.

 

There is no easy program to follow, but parents and educators can take these steps to stack the deck in favor of raising a child who shows decorum and kindness.

 

  • Remember that apples don’t fall far from trees...
  • Keep it real....
  • Stop the contagion. ...
  • Teach compassion through mindfulness...
  •  Explore both natural and fictional worlds...
  • Be a coach, not a browbeater...
  • Give back to the community....
  • Talk about the importance of diversity...
  • Get moving. ...
  • Impart the art of making amends....

 

 By Phyllis L. Fagell

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(Teaching Empathy) Raising Empathic Kids

(Teaching Empathy) Raising Empathic Kids | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Michele Borba's new book "Unselfie" offers practical ways to help kids learn to care about others.

 

Teaching our children to care is one of the most important responsibilities we have asparents. Sometimes it seems like the world is working against our efforts toward this goal! When violence, poverty, and bigotry fill the news, when our culture emphasizes self-promotion over contribution, how do we teach our kids to have empathy for others?

 

Michele Borba’s new book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, offers some answers. Citing research about increases in narcissism among teens in this generation compared to earlier generations, she also offers a hopeful message that parents can have a positive impact.

 

1) Be friendly..

2) Read together..
3) Play unplugged games...
4) Give kids meaningful opportunities to care for others...
5) Encourage kids to view themselves as helpers...
 
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Active Listening

Active Listening | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
This activity supports participants to reflect on a question and generate their own solutions using simple principles of active listening and peer coaching. It’s an excellent introduction to active listening but can also be used with groups that are already familiar with it. Participants work in groups of three and take turns being: “the subject”, the listener, and the observer.

 

Step 1:Do a brief introduction to active listening. Explain that often, when we reflect and discuss, we tend to focus on multiple individuals and questions at once, moving around our attention and focus.
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(Teaching Empathy) (Michele Borba) How to Teach Empathy to Selfie-Loving Kids 

(Teaching Empathy) (Michele Borba) How to Teach Empathy to Selfie-Loving Kids  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

What is the antidote to the Me-Me-Me Era? Turns out teaching empathy -- the ability to put oneself in another’s shoes and imagine how that person feels -- to children as young as age 1 or 2, and continuing to both model and reinforce empathy until they’re old enough to leave home, is key.

So how do you combat narcissism and instill empathy in your children? Borba offers these nine ideas:

1. Develop emotional literacy. In an age of texting, kids fail to recognize facial cues and voice intonation. To understand their own feelings and the feelings of others, Borba advises “regular, scheduled unplugged time. Take back the family meal. Put down the cellphone and talk. Eye to eye. So you can see and hear each other’s expressions and meaning.”

 

2. Make a family mission statement....

 

Lauren Paige Kennedy
WebMD Magazine

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Education Transformations -  K-12 Relational Competency student curriculum.

Education Transformations -  K-12 Relational Competency student curriculum. | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Education Transformations, located in San Diego, California, is a dynamic, leading edge nonprofit company with the vision of transforming our children’s learning environments by providing teachers and students with skills

 

Here are the various workshops and customized programs we offer. We can meet your teaching needs in many ways.

• K-12 Relational Competency Student Curriculum
- Social/Emotional Intelligence and Character Development for the Common Core Student

•Cultivating a Person Centered Approach (PCA) in the Classroom   (formerly “A Taste of Transformation!”)
- a Person Centered Communications Model for Student Involvement

• Mastering Relationships & Restorative Practices in the Classroom
- a Comprehensive ‘Person Centered Approach’ to Learning and Classroom Management
• The Powerful Classroom
- Advanced Workshop

• Summer Week-long Intensive Workshops:
- The Diverse Classroom
– Power Plays

• Customized School Programs
• Personal Coaching & Mentoring

Read more about each below, and click on the links to register or get complete details about each offering…

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Cornell University Intergroup Dialogue Project (idp) 

The Intergroup Dialogue Project (idp) is a social justice education program that helps students develop intergroup relations skills, thereby preparing them to live and work in an increasingly diverse world. Our courses are specially designed to empower students to communicate and collaborate across social, cultural, and power differences, and to promote equity and democracy in their communities.

 

With a strong emphasis on the sharing of personal stories, IDP’s peer-led model allows participants to teach and learn from each other’s lived experiences of privilege, oppression, and difference. Coupled with our thought-provoking selection of academic reading materials, IDP powerfully blends theory with experiential learning in pursuit of our key goals – raising consciousness of our myriad social identities, exploring the causes and effects of social inequities at the individual and structural levels, and strengthening individual and collective capacities to promote and advance social justice.

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 (Teaching Empathy) Mission impossible? Replacing abuse with empathy  - SOUTH AFRICA  

 (Teaching Empathy) Mission impossible? Replacing abuse with empathy  - SOUTH AFRICA   | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Abused in labour, depressed after giving birth – pregnancy can be a nightmare for women. But an inexpensive intervention is trying to change this by teaching caregivers to listen, empathise, and identify depression. 

 

“The PMHP has developed empathic training to address obstetric violence – the habitualised culture that enables the abuse of pregnant women. We can’t just plop in mental health services for women without fixing the sick environment,” adds Honikman, who is based at the University of Cape Town...

 

Empathic training focuses on role play, realistic case scenarios and small group engagement to illustrate the different components of empathic engagement and possible interventions.

 

“Participants role-play, as a group, the experience of what it is like to be the vulnerable mother engaging with a care worker. We facilitate ‘outing’ the aggressive, disrespectful interactions – the screaming and swearing at each other – in a way that is cathartic and funny,” says Honikman.

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Why Parents Need to Actually Teach Empathy

(Teaching Empathy) Why Parents Need to Actually Teach Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Children who develop empathy are much less likely to exhibit behavior problems. Take a proactive approach to teaching empathy in your home.

Parenting Strategies that Teach Empathy

Children don’t pick up on empathy skills all on their own. Instead, it’s important to take a proactive approach to helping them learn how to empathize. Here are several strategies that teach empathy:

 

1. Show your child empathy. If your child is upset, avoid saying things like, “There’s no need to cry,” or “Stop being a baby.” Acknowledge that all feelings are okay while also pointing out the importance of managing her behavior despite those feelings. A child who feels like others have empathy for her will be more able to show empathy for others.

 

2. Teach your child about feelings. Children need to develop the ability to verbalize and understanding their feelings. Start teaching your child simple feeling words early and make emotions a frequent topic of conversation as your child grows. Continue teaching more complex feelings as your child’s ability to understand emotions increases.

 

3. Create opportunities to talk about other people’s

feelings...

4. Role model altruism...

5. Teach self-discipline skills..

6. Talk about global needs...

 

By Amy Morin, LCSW

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Childrens Books That Teach Empathy

Childrens Books That Teach Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
This collection of children’s books that teach empathy are perfect for those in preschool through about second grade, mainly because they’re picture books. However, my 5th grader will still pay attention when I’m reading to my 5 year old and I’m sure he’s absorbing these lessons as well.

 

A Sick Day For Amos McGee Sweet story about Amos McGee, a friendly elephant who spends his day serving others, until one day he falls ill and his friends spend time repaying his kindness.

Amazing Grace Meet spunky and smart Grace, a girl determined to chase her dreams despite stereotypes. One of the finest series for preschool & early elementary students.

A Chair For My Mother A definite favorite from my teaching days, after experiencing a fire in their home, a single mom and her daughter save spare coins to buy a comfy place to sit together after mom’s long days as a waitress.
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With Kids' Empathy on the Decline, Books and Talking Help

With Kids' Empathy on the Decline, Books and Talking Help | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Erik Fisher, a psychologist, and co-author of The Art of Empowered Parenting: The Manual You Wish Your Kids Came With, said this mother should help her son calm down by talking to him in a quiet voice and asking him how he might be able to show his friend that he was sorry.

A study by the University of Michigan found that college freshmen were 40% less empathetic than they were 30 years ago. The research analyzed nearly 14,000 college students over this period.

A new book, “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World,” by educational psychologist Michele Borba, is based on decades of interviews and research with over 500 kids. She agrees that technology is part of the problem, but she adds that there is too much emphasis on academic success and too little on emotional and social development.
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13 kids books to spark conversations about empathy

13 kids books to spark conversations about empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

There are many ways to instill empathy. One way to do this – beyond demonstrating empathy — is to read books that touch on the subject and spark a conversation about what it means to be empathetic. The following is a list of books to help you do just that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teaching kids empathy: In Danish schools, it’s … well, it’s a piece of cake

Teaching kids empathy: In Danish schools, it’s … well, it’s a piece of cake | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The Danes’ highly developed sense of empathy is one of the main reasons that Denmark is consistently voted one of the happiest countries in the world (this year it is once again number one). Empathy plays a key role in improving our social connections, which is a major factor in our overall happiness.

What many don’t realize is that empathy is a learned skill that many of us miss out on in America. In fact, some studies show empathy levels have dropped up to 40 percent in the U.S. in the last 30 years, while narcissism is on the steady rise.

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Why Danish Students Are Happier and More Empathetic

(Teaching Empathy) Why Danish Students Are Happier and More Empathetic | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Perhaps unlike their U.S. peers, kids in Denmark—where happiness levels are the highest on Earth—are taught in school to care for one another from a young age.

 

Training Activities

* Step by Step

Children in the Danish school system participate in a mandatory national program called Step by Step as early as preschool.  The children are shown pictures of kids who are each exhibiting a different emotion: sadness, fear, anger, frustration, happiness, and so on.

 

* CAT-kit 
This program is aimed at improving emotional awareness and empathy and focuses on how to articulate experiences, thoughts, feelings, and senses. Tools in the CAT-kit include picture cards of faces; measuring sticks to gauge intensity of emotions; and pictures of the body, on which participants can draw the physical aspects and location of emotions.

 

*My Circle:

Another tool is called My Circle: Children draw their friends, family members, professionals, and strangers in different parts of the circle as part of an exercise on learning to better understand others.

 

* Mary Foundation
named after the country’s crown princess and soon-to-be queen—has contributed to empathy training in schools, too. It’s anti-bullying program, which has been implemented across the country, encourages 3- to 8-year-olds to talk about bullying and teasing and learn to become more caring toward each other.

*interactive teaching 

 

by JESSICA ALEXANDER

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(Teaching Empathy) 4 Surprising Reasons Why Empathy Doesn't Work With Your Child

(Teaching Empathy) 4 Surprising Reasons Why Empathy Doesn't Work With Your Child | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

I hear it time and time again, “Empathetic parenting doesn’t work with my kid.” Your child wants a toy at the grocery store. He wants to get out of bed multiple times per night. He refuses to take a bath. He throws all his food on the floor.

You empathize with the situation and hold your boundary. Except he drops to the floor screaming. This isn’t exactly the obedience you were hoping for. And if empathy isn’t working, then how do you make kids listen?

4 reasons empathetic parenting doesn’t “work.” 
  • Empathy won’t “fix” screaming....
  • Empathy won’t “fix” illogical and impulsive thoughts....
  • Empathy will help your child process emotion....
  • Empathy will build your connection with your child....
  • Empathy does work…just not the way you expect....

 

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(Teaching Empathy) Three ways to build customer empathy within your company 

(Teaching Empathy) Three ways to build customer empathy within your company  | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The role of empathy in customer experience is an increasingly popular – and important factor – in how we understand and manage our customer relationships. Listed below are a few easy ways to start building customer empathy within your company:

Ethnographic research. Go out and observe the customer using your products and services. It can be very eye opening to observe this first hand, particularly if you have key leaders and decision makers participate.


Customer immersion rooms. Set up a room to include the various interaction points that customers use. This is becoming a great way for a broader internal audience to understand the customer experience in a first-hand way.

 

 Sharing the customer journey. Customer journey mapping is a popular way many companies today are trying to understand customer experiences...

 

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Practicing Active Listening & Empathy Workshop

Practicing Active Listening & Empathy Workshop - Common Good - Medium

Everyone then got into teams of three ready for a session in active listening. We gave everyone the question what do you value in a relationship?

 

And then 3 minutes for the speaker to talk, the listener to listen and the observer to observe. It’s a really simple but effective exercise in putting yourself in the shoes of a speaker, observer and active listener.

 

Giving everyone the opportunity to experience each role and reflect in a group afterwards on how they felt, what they experienced and importantly, what they learned from each position.

 

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 Scientists suggest reading novels helps encourage EMPATHY: New research suggests reading can help develop empathy

 Scientists suggest reading novels helps encourage EMPATHY: New research suggests reading can help develop empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
READING novels could encourage empathy by helping people form ideas about others' emotions, suggests new research.
It has been previously assumed that reading fiction is good for your mental health, but evidence linking Oliver Twist or Anna Karenina to a broadened mind has been mostly anecdotal. 

Now, in a review published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, a psychologist has delved further into the issue.

Keith Oatley, a Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development in Canada, argues that reading or watching narratives may encourage empathy. 
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Empathy Vision LLC provides empathy training for healthcare providers and hospitals

Empathy Vision LLC provides empathy training for healthcare providers and hospitals | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy Vision LLC provides empathy training for healthcare providers and hospitals. Empathy Vision LLC is the leader in innovative empathy training.

 

Empathy 101

As an introductory or a refresher course, Empathy 101 provides an in-depth survey of the eight basic dimensions of empathic experience and the three habits of empathy for personal and/or organizational growth...

 

Empathy and the HCAHPS
Addressing our current environment where improving value for patients is the top priority, this course explores the importance of patient centered care giving and helps organizations collectively raise their HCAHPS scores in order to exceed bottom line goals....

 

Virtual Empathy: Adopting the Perspective of the Patient
Drawing from common interactions between patients, doctors, and nurses, this course gives health care professionals the chance to adopt the perspective of a patient within multiple embodied VR experiences.  ..

 

Two or Four Hour Empathy Seminar...

Eight Hour Empathy Workshop...

Long Term Empathy Training....

Individualized Empathy Coaching Sessions...

 

 

 
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