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5 Reasons Why Gaming Is An Effective Way to Teach Empathy (And Other Skills)

5 Reasons Why Gaming Is An Effective Way to Teach Empathy (And Other Skills) | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

How do sports and video games teach kids to be empathetic?


Video games and gaming are great motivators. Games can also be a rewarding activity for social and mental well-being. Healthy Minds Canada (HMC) has developed a prototype for a new mobile game, designed to develop empathy and improve life skills in young gamers (aged 9-16).  HMC believes that in order to promote a more understanding culture and to stop bullying, improving empathy is essential in de-stigmatizing all mental health issues and changing users’ off-line behaviour.


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So what makes gaming an effective way

to teach kids how to

be empathetic?

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By Emily Copeland

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More evidence to suggest that games are powerful tools to help cultivate social-emotional skills. 

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, April 14, 8:14 AM

A really misleading title. This article is about a game that is being developed that they HOPE will teach empathy.  I'm not convinced.

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Teaching kids to care : Parenting

Teaching kids to care : Parenting | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

This column is written by Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free The Children and Me to We, a social enterprise... 


The key is to tilt the balance toward compassion through your parenting. We've heard countless great stories of creative parenting, and here are eight great strategies for instilling care in children:


1. Model compassion You know that phrase your preschooler keeps repeating that you never realized you said so often? Right from birth, kids take their cues from parents — so make sure they see your best side. ...


2. Teach empathy...

3. Help starts at home...

5. Random acts of kindness...

6. See a problem, take action!...

7. Volunteer together...

8. Use their gifts...


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Labeling and discussing emotions is the

first step to unlocking your child's

innate empathy 

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The Gladdest Thing Under the Sun: Give Empathy Hugs every Morning and Night

The Gladdest Thing Under the Sun: Give Empathy Hugs every Morning and Night | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

It's called an "Empathy Hug."  And here's how it works. 


In the morning, right away when you wake up and greet your spouse, hug them for a few moments and really try to think of how they are feeling--what they might be worried about, excited about, focused on, working on, etc. 


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Really try to cultivate empathy for them

in that shared moment.  

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...What helps you have greater empathy toward your loved ones?  When do you feel the most "connected" to your family members?

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Feeling more connected enriches life. 

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In My Shoes: Second-graders get lessons in empathy for children with disabilities

In My Shoes: Second-graders get lessons in empathy for children with disabilities | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Lining up the zipper was complicated. Fastening the buttons was even tougher, especially while wearing thick work gloves.


But that's how 8-year-old Kylie Vincent and her classmates at New Hope Elementary School in Columbus got a glimpse of challenges people with Down syndrome face each day. The hands-on exercise was part of In My Shoes, a Junior Auxiliary of Columbus service project for more than a decade.


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The disability awareness program helps

children better understand classmates,
friends 
and relatives who may
seem different. 

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by Jan Swoope

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Teaching empathy through role playing.

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Search Edutopia for Empathy

Search Edutopia for Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empowering and connecting teachers, administrators, and parents with innovative solutions and resources to better education.  


Search on empathy



The Importance of Teaching Empathy


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It is said that empathy is an important tool

that children must be taught.

It allows us to better understand

another person and to be able

identify oneself with another.

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How to Encourage Empathy | The Parent Report

How to Encourage Empathy | The Parent Report | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Can you teach kids to be more caring and empathic?   How to Encourage Empathy? 


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There’s probably not a better trait that

makes the world a better place

than empathy.

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When we feel for others, we want the best for them. Kids who are empathic reach out and help others, are unlikely to bully or even be a by-stander in bully situations. In other words they care, Jacob Azzerod, author of From Difficult to Delightful in 30 Days offers a few tips on how to encourage empathy in kids.  You’re not going to teach children to be empathetic by telling them to be empathetic or even by  being empathetic yourself. 

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Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

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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.

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By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

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Georgetown Day School Teacher: Exercising Your Empathy Muscles: How do you build empathy?

Georgetown Day School Teacher:  Exercising Your Empathy Muscles: How do you build empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

A Georgetown Day School teacher talks about her favorite activities for keeping the empathy muscles strong


How do you build empathy and other changemaker skills (leadership, teamwork, problem-solving) in your students?


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There are several things I do in my

classroom that really help build empathy

and changemaker skills

in my students.

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• Role Play:

Role play situations help kids take on a role and practice responding to situations in a safe environment. That way they have tools to respond, and practice in a safe way where they don’t feel threatened.


• Building Community:

We do this in a really intentional way. We use responsive classroom greetings like making eye contact and recognizing each other during morning meeting. Students also share every day. You share who you are, not what you have, like aspects of your identity and culture. We do different read-alouds on gender, ethnicity, and race. The idea is that the more they share about themselves, the more they create windows and mirrors to see things that are similar and see what is different, and that is okay


• Appreciation Circles: ..

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• Empathy Play Dates: ...


.By Sandra Hinderliter

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14 Books That Teach Empathy

14 Books That Teach Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

These great books for all ages will help make it easier -- they celebrate friendship, difference, and the importance of caring for one another. 


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Teaching kids empathy

is one of the most important jobs

of being a parent.

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This great list of books for all ages compiled by Common Sense Media will help make teaching empathy easier. 


1. Bully (Laura Vaccaro Seeger): Simple animal tale of bullying, empathy, and forgiveness.


2. Good News Bad News (Jeff Mack): Spare story of ups and downs, great for toddlers and preschoolers.

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Storytelling's main uses in peace education is to teach empathy. Can empathy be taught? We can experience empathy- and learn ho walk in another's shoes, but I'm not sure how much is taught only through books. We also need to acquire peacemaking skills.

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CREATING A CULTURE OF COMPASSION

CREATING A CULTURE OF COMPASSION | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

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How can leaders model compassion

like Jesus and create a

culture of compassion?

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Here are some thoughts.


1. Listen.

The power of active listening is one of the most effective compassion tools we have. We can all listen to someone who just needs to download all their heart to someone. Take time and energy to listen. Schedule time in your day to be available to people.


Open the door to your office and you’ll be amazed at how much more approachable people become when they see that you set the example that you put a high value on listening to others.

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Essential Embodied Tools: Empathy

Essential Embodied Tools: Empathy. This is social awareness, awareness of other people.


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Empathy is a huge part of leadership.

It is a huge part of bonding as it builds

connection and trust. 

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This video in the Essential Tools series of The Body of Leadership Course - looking at the importance of empathy and social awareness for effective leadership.

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Empathy is essential: The "soft skill" that engages the whole brain

Empathy is essential: The "soft skill" that engages the whole brain | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

When we talk about executive functions, we’re usually talking about distinct, discrete skills that are easy to get our arms around. Empathy, while often lumped in with executive functions, is not a singular skill, but a package of skills that pulls from multiple parts of the brain. Children who are empathetic can form and sustain friendships, are more likely to behave well in class, and are less likely to engage in aggressive, antisocial, or criminal behavior.

 

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Empathy, while often lumped in with

executive functions, is not

a singular skill,

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What is empathy?

Empathy is often defined as the ability to identify with the suffering of another. This definition, however, is only partly correct. Human beings have the capacity for three kinds of empathy:

 

....Teaching empathy

 

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Teach Your Toddler Empathy

Teach Your Toddler Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

In our society, empathy is a critical component to helping us connect with others and interact with compassion and understanding. Being able to recognize another person's emotions and place yourself in their shoes, however, is more of a complex skill than most people realize.


It is not something you either have or don't have; we can each possess different degrees of empathy, and we can also continue to enhance our capacity for empathy throughout our lives...


Here are some tips to help teach

toddlers empathy:


1. Be what you want to see....

2. Involve children in charitable activities...

3. Ask your child to think of others and role play...

4. Validate your child's feelings. ..

5. Praise your child when he shows empathy toward others. ..

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by Dr. Gail Gross

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Empathy Circle Process by Sarah Peyton

Empathy Circle Process  by Sarah Peyton | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

EMPATHY CIRCLE PROCESS by Sarah Peyton (http://empathybrain.com/)


1.      What would you like empathy for?


2.     Identify the OBSERVATION (only what a camera could see or record). This takes us into the neural network where we would like change. (If you have a hard time knowing what happened, your hippocampus has very little solid ground - describe the situation as best you can, and get 4-5 empathy guesses on board, and then see if you can isolate the clear observation - the most difficult moment.)


3.  As you think about this moment in time, feel what happens in your body - describe the sensations.  If you have a sense of what emotions are alive for you,  name them.  (FEELING)





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Teach Empathy – a Tool for Success

Teach Empathy – a Tool for Success | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the meaning of empathy is “the experiencing as one’s own of the feelings of another” a great tool to have in your toolbox for success. 


When I taught first grade several years ago, the one rule in my classroom was the golden rule; treat others the way you would want to be treated. This translates to putting yourself in the other person’s shoes.   Easy for most to grasp; however, for those with various isms, not so easy.  This concept can be taught cognitively to those with social cognitive deficit disorders...


 In her book “Thinking about You, Thinking about Me
she states “perspective taking is a casual term used
to describe the ability of one person to consider
the point of view and motives of  themselves
as well as others.”


By Lori Ciccarelli

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The Art of Empathy Retreat at Hollyhock - June 6th to June 11th, 2014

The Art of Empathy Retreat at Hollyhock - June 6th to June 11th, 2014 | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

The Art of Empathy West Coast Retreat Balancing Connection, Self-Awareness, and Healthy Intimacy.
 

Empathy is possibly your most essential skill, yet many of us trip over it because we weren't taught how it works. .


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In this six-day, five-night program,
you’ll explore:

The Six Essential Aspects of Empathy
and how to work with each one

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If your empathy is too intense, you’ll learn how to manage it more comfortably, and if empathy is confusing for you, you’ll learn how to understand it more clearly.

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Empathy | Activities to Grow Empathy

Empathy | Activities to Grow Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to 

look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

Henry David Thoreau


Do we start from empathy when we set out to solve educational challenges and design learning pathways for our students?

How do we foster empathy and make it a starting point for problem solving and the design of new solutions for both ourselves and for our students?


Empathy over sympathy
Lately it seems all roads lead to empathy: 
 

Tony Wagner in Creating Innovators identifies empathy as a necessary characteristic for innovators;
 

 David Kelly of Stanford University identifies empathy as the starting point for all problem solving;
 

 Daniel Goleman states leaders with empathy do more than sympathize with people around them: they use their knowledge to improve their companies in subtle, but important ways.
 


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Not only is empathy vital for

solving problems responsively and

meaningfully, empathy is an

underpinning for connection

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 by Carolyn Durley

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How do we foster empathy in pre-professionals?

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Do teens lack empathy?

Do teens lack empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

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While teens are sometimes dismissed as

lacking empathy due to their stage of

development, they can learn

to empathize with others.

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Teens appear to have a generally whiny reputation these days. Some call them overindulged. Others say they lack empathy and expect others to do things for them. Always, the parent takes the blame. While teens are under different stressors today, it is still important to build empathy.

 

It's easy for teens to get wrapped up in their own lives and emotions. In fact, the teen years can be characterized by door slamming, yelling, eye rolling and other acts of insensitivity. 

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They talk about ways of nurturing empathy


1. Discuss emotions
2.  Write it out - writing out their feelings in journals helps.
3.  Model It - model the listening 
4.  Help others  - with service event



  

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Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill

Teaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life Skill | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

With classrooms operating more like grade factories, it's hard to make the case for school-driven empathy. Faced with an endless cycle of memorize, drill, spit back and test, teachers have become the wardens of a new educational reality that pits the head against the heart.


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Worried about the shrinking presence

of empathy in our schools?

I know how you feel.

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Even if educators manage to skate past the dizzying array of standards and value-added evaluations, they must still contend with this fundamental divide: academic rigor, with its unflinching emphasis on measurable success, seems strangely at odds with emotional intelligence, a soufflé of moods and feelings. Which leaves many to wonder -- can empathy feel its way back into the classroom?


Joe Hirsch Educator, 

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Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day

Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Valentine's Day creates a lot of excitement for students, and of course, there are plenty of teachable moments around the day.  


Social and emotional learning (SEL) has been one of The George Lucas Educational Foundation's primary strategies for learning since its inception. And in honor of Valentine's Day, we wanted to pass along some valuable SEL-themed resources from around the Web.


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in honor of Valentine's Day, we wanted to
pass along some valuable SEL-themed
resources from around the Web.

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The good news is that if you're running short on time this month, these lesson plans, tips, and toolkits can be used throughout the year, and they provide inspiring context for students, parents, and teachers. We'll start with a quick animated video that answers the question: What's the difference between empathy and sympathy?

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'Deaf Experience' helps students' understanding, compassion

'Deaf Experience' helps students' understanding, compassion | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
What Corban Evans is doing at Lakota Plains Junior High is not only helping the deaf community, but it's also helping other kids relate to what he goes through every day.


It's called The Deaf Experience. Each student in the entire building wore ear plugs for 30 minutes to get a better understanding of what it's like to be hearing impaired.


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"It helps me to understand and

it kinda gives me

more compassion," 

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Relationship Building and Empathy - YouTube

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Essential Embodied Tools : Empathy Exercises

Essential Embodied Tools :


Empathy Exercises. This is about giving and receiving with others and being receptive to their state as well as your own. Mark talks through some exercises. 

Video in the Essential Tools series of The Body of Leadership Course - looking at embodied listening exercises.


looking at embodied listening exercises.


From The Body of Leadership online course with Mark Walsh.http://www.thebodyofleadership.com

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Can You Teach Compassion?

Can You Teach Compassion? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
We all want to be treated with compassion, but can we be compassionate too?

 

Many wonder if compassion can be taught or is it just inborn? Research on child development and temperament seems to suggest that some young children appear to be born more compassionate than others. Some are more attentive to the needs and concerns of others. Yet research also suggests that compassion can be taught throughout the lifespan too.


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Many wonder if compassion can be taught

or is it just inborn? 

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For example, research in my lab here at Santa Clara University has found that college students who attend service learning immersion trips spending a great time with those who are poor and marginalized in either domestic or international location do, in fact, become more compassionate (at least after their immersion experience and for several months later when assessed in follow up testing).


We are currently examining a large university data set to determine which college activities (e.g., selected major, extracurricular activities) are associated with compassion development over time.


by Thomas Plante

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Yes!  We can teach compassion. 

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TEACH YOURSELF EMPATHY

TEACH YOURSELF EMPATHY | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Everybody’s suddenly talking about empathy, from the Dalai Lama to agony aunts, from business gurus to happiness experts. And it’s not surprising, since in the last decade neuroscientists have discovered that 98 per cent of us have empathy wired into our brains. The old story that we are basically selfish, self-interested creatures has been debunked. Our selfish inner drives exist side by side with our empathic other half. We are homo empathicus.

 

The problem is that most of us haven’t yet learned how to switch on our neural circuitry and fulfil our empathic potential. And this really matters. Why? Normally we think of empathy – the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person and looking at the world from their perspective – as something that makes you a more caring and considerate person by expanding your moral universe


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But empathy doesn’t just make you good –

it’s good for you too.

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 But empathy doesn’t just make you good – it’s good for you too. It can help heal broken relationships, make you a more creative person, and expand your wellbeing by forging the human bonds that make life worth living.


what does it take to up your personal empathy quotient?

How can empathy play a bigger, more positive role in your life?

 

Here are seven tips.

 

Roman  Krznaric’s book, Empathy: A Handbook for Revolution

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