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Articles about teaching and learning how to be more empathic and compassionate. See more at CultureOfEmpathy.com
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Empathy Cafe Magazine Front Page


Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

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Empathy Intro Movie - Role Playing for Kids - YouTube

Introduction video for WIGU's empathy activity pack.
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How Can I Teach My Child Empathy?

How Can I Teach My Child Empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Children who have empathy are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults with adaptive coping skills. It’s never too early to start teaching empathy.


...Children who are empathic will be better able to cope with conflict and difficult social situations. Children who are empathic will be less likely to engage in bullying behavior, and more likely to jump in and help a friend or peer who is being bullied. Children who are empathic are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults with adaptive coping skills.

It’s never too early, or late, to start teaching empathy to your children. Why not start today?


by Katie Hurley, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist




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La importancia de enseñar a los niños la empatía, ese valor en nuestro interior, que nos da la capacidad de entender, comprender, ayudar, apoyar y motivar a nuestros semejantes

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Teaching Empathy in Early Childhood

Teaching Empathy in Early Childhood | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Classroom Empathy Development Inspirations…
 

  • Sharing circles – encourage expression of thoughts and feelings 
  • Role play – provide resources for children to develop empathy through imaginative play
  • ‘Hello’ game – children pair up and respond to teacher prompts by sharing with each other times when they felt a certain way (e.g. Share about a time when you felt happy and why)
  • Feelings art – children create art to represent different feelings and refer to these as discussion pieces when talking about emotions in the classroom at any time
  •  Class Friend ...



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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.


So 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.

1.)       Practice empathic listening. Next time things are getting tense with your partner, focus intently on listening to their feelings and needs – without interrupting.

2.)     Ask your partner to return the favour.

3.)      Once a week have a conversation with a different person you don’t know well. Get curious about people you walk past every day, such as the woman who vacuums the office floor. Move beyond superficial talk and discuss the stuff that really matters in life – love, family, ambitions, politics…

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Lessons - ASU Sanford Harmony Program - Empathy & Critical Thinking

Empathy & Critical Thinking

Unit 2: Empathy & Critical Thinking activities focus on promoting emotion understanding and empathy and helping children become flexible thinkers by becoming aware and thinking critically about their own ideas and about the messages they receive from others.

Activities and Storybooks:


2.1 Recognizing Feelings
Storybook:  Feelings on the Outside, Feelings on the Inside


2.2 Predicting Feelings
Storybook:  Predicting Feelings


2.3 Explaining Feelings
Storybook:  Being a Feelings Detective


2.4 Having Empathy
Storybook:  Understanding Feelings


2.5 Understanding Stereotypes about People
Storybook:  Some Do, Some Don’t


2.6 Understanding Stereotypes about Objects, Activities, and Roles

Storybook:  Everything Is for Everyone


2.7 Understanding that People Can Change
Storybook:  Growing, Learning, and Changing

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Developing Caring and Empathy in the Young Child – Oregon Registry Online

Caring and empathy are critical foundations for healthy social interactions and relationships.


In this session we will explore the developmental milestones of caring and empathy from infancy through preschool. In addition, we will practice activities that support healthy social/emotional development and promote positive social interactions.

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5 Ways to Teach Compassion, Empathy, and Kindness to Our Children

5 Ways to Teach Compassion, Empathy, and Kindness to Our Children | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

How do we teach compassion, empathy, and to be kind human beings?


1. We model the kinds of behavior we expect.

We’re nice and they learn to be nice back. It seems so easy but how many times do we lose our temper or respond in a way that we regret after words come out of our mouths? I know I’m guilty. Even though I apologize, I’m horrified when they display the exact behaviors I have. Kids will act out what they see. If they see us acting badly towards one another, they will do.


We exercise patience...
We listen to our kids...
We teach resiliency by providing strategies...
We use quality educational content to reinforce what we’re trying to teach them at home through a variety of different resources. ...


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Activating Empathy: A Roadmap for Changemaker Classrooms

Activating Empathy: A Roadmap for Changemaker Classrooms | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Over the last few years, we have learned from the Ashoka Changemaker Schools Network and a research project with the Harvard Graduate School of Education that there is a need for greater understanding among educators for how to help children develop empathy and then put that empathy into action to solve problems.


In response, we have created an open online course for educators and others interested in cultivating empathy in children.  


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Activating Empathy will become available on StartEmpathy.org on Monday, August 25th at 9:00 AM Eastern Time. The course takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete and comes with a certificate of completion.  Please take 10 seconds today to register!

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SPCA teaches animal empathy at summer camp in Victoria

SPCA teaches animal empathy at summer camp in Victoria | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

While the BCSPCA is well known for teaching animal care and safety at its youth camps, it’s hoping children will walk away with another important skill this summer — empathy.


The group’s Among Animals summer camp program, created last year, runs for a week and is open to ages six and seven.


“That’s the age when we really have to start teaching them about empathy,”


said Breeanna McDonald, camp co-ordinator. “They’re interested in animals, a lot of them have pets at home, but they haven’t started thinking about the animals’ point of view.”


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It's a great idea that I hope is repeated everywhere!  Kindness to animals, and teaching kids to not abuse them is beyond critical. Animal abuse is heartbreaking. Teaching kids empathy saves lives. And,  as this story implies, it not only about empathy to animals but about learning to practice empathy in many different contexts.

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5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Raising compassionate children is no small feat these days.


Because of the egocentrism of children's early years combined with the increasingly prevalent messages of selfishness, narcissism and indifference that popular culture communicates to them, children are not likely to readily learn compassion on their own.


This means that you have to make an extra effort to instill this essential value in your children's lives.


Live a Compassionate Life...

Surround Yourself With Compassionate People...

Talk to Your Children About Compassion...

Explore Compassion...

Engage Your Children in Compassionate Activities...

Who Compassionate Children Become

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management

Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Promoting Positive Behavior

Dialogue circles are gatherings in which all participants sit in a circle facing each other to facilitate open, direct communication.

Dialogue circles provide a safe, supportive space where all school community members can talk about sensitive topics, work through differences, and build consensus.
 

At Glenview Elementary School, circles are part of a program called Restorative Justice, which is aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students. The circles were implemented in classrooms slowly, and after two years, there was a marked improvement in classroom behavior. 

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5 principles of raising empathetic children

5 principles of raising empathetic children | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

by Mary Pearson and Jessica Himmer

Applying these five principles will help your children become empathetic adults that are sensitive to the needs of others.


Empathy is the ability to feel what another person is feeling. When you think of parenting and discipline, instead of thinking just of correcting misbehavior, think about all of your long-term goals for your children — helping them become kind, civic minded and empathetic people.


1. Be sensitive to your child’s emotions...
3. Teach through example...
4. Listen...
5. Set limits...



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Empathy Worksheet

Empathy Worksheet | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

This is an Empathy worksheet that can go with the book "Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning About Empathy" 

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Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course

Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms - Course | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

The ability to understand what someone is feeling” – that’s the textbook definition of empathy. But when put into practice, empathy means a whole lot more.


It means the ability to grasp the many sides of today’s complex problems and the capacity to collaborate with others to solve them; it means being as good at listening to the ideas of others as articulating your own; it means being able to lead a team one day, and participate as a team member the next. In today’s rapidly changing world, empathy is critical to our success – at home, at school, and in the workplace.


By completing this free course, you will gain practical tips and ideas from 60 leading elementary schools, 21 social entrepreneurs, and leading experts from across the Ashoka network on how to instill empathy in children, preparing them for the world ahead. 


Go to Course Registration.

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Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers

Self-compassion: An essential ingredient for change makers | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Being kind to yourself isn’t just about patching yourself up so you can head back out onto the battlefield to fight for social justice. It’s a personal and political act which shows that you are worthy of being valued, cared for and loved, writes Julie Catt....


Ways to develop self-compassion

  •   Spend a little time in nature each day, allowing yourself to feel part of, rather than a visitor to, the natural environment.

  •  Become familiar with your body. Stroke your skin, sink into crevasses and over lumps. Appreciate it as a complex, changeable, warm, imperfect landscape that is uniquely your own, for the rest of your life.

  • Develop a mantra (something like: “I accept myself fully, and all feelings pass”, “I’m not afraid of being afraid”, or whatever fits), learn a breathing technique that works for you, and use them when anxiety comes to visit. ...
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» Three Tips to Teach Your Child Emotional Intelligence - Childhood Emotional Neglect

» Three Tips to Teach Your Child Emotional Intelligence - Childhood Emotional Neglect | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Emotional Intelligence is a larger factor in adult life success than general intelligence. Here are three clear guidelines for raising a child with high EI.


Emotional Intelligence (EI) is your ability to manage and understand emotions and relationships, your own as well as others’.

Research has shown that Emotional Intelligence is more vital to life success and satisfaction than general intelligence. This makes EI a very important skill for parents to teach their children.

 


By JONICE WEBB

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HeartSpeak - listening and speaking from the heart

HeartSpeak - listening and speaking from the heart | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

By learning to listen empathically and reflect back the other person’s feelings and needs, rather than hearing their judgments or criticisms, we can create more understanding and peace. By learning to express our own feelings and needs, without blame or demands, we keep the communication channels open.


Nothing shuts off communication quicker
than blame and judgment!
 

Feelings and needs are universal and allow us to connect at the heart level, so that everyone’s needs can be met. In my experience, even the most angry teenager can express herself using feelings and needs when given these tools.



Cathy Holt provides classes, coaching and mediation for individuals, couples and families in Asheville, NC.

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10 Tips for Nurturing Empathy in Your Children

10 Tips for Nurturing Empathy in Your Children | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

In my last blog post, I recommended books that parents and teacher can purchase to help the children in their lives develop a sense of empathy.  


Today, I’d like to share some tips developed by Gwen Dewar, Ph.D. and published in Parenting Science Magazine, that will assist you in nurturing empathy in your children...



  1. Research indicates that when a child’s emotional needs are met at home, he or she is better equipped to develop a sense of empathy.
  2. Start treating your child as someone who has a mind of his own and share ways that our feelings can influence our behavior to further a greater good.
  3. Take opportunities to model—and induce—sympathetic feelings for other people. You can point out situations that call for empathy. For example, explain how litter – especially plastics – is endangering creatures that live in our oceans.
  4. Emphasize what your children may have in common with other children.
  5. Teach kids to care about hunger when they aren’t  hungry. In other words, teach them to care about social and environmental issues even when they are feeling comfortable in the world.
  6. ......


by Elizabeth B. Martin



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Teaching Your Child Empathy

Teaching Your Child Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Can you remember a time when you heard a baby cry, and suddenly a lot of other babies started crying? You may not have known it, but that was empathy.



What is empathy?

Empathy is when we try to understand someone's feelings from their perspective, and then we desire to help that person (Swick, 2005). Newborn babies react instantly to the distress of others by crying themselves. They are still too young to understand how to help others, but the empathy is there.

Empathy develops as a child's brain and thinking abilities develop, but parents can have a big influence on the resulting empathy their children have. If they encourage empathy, their children will be more empathic to others. If this is neglected, children get out of practice and may stop being so empathic.


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The Caring Connection: Teaching Empathy to Children

The Caring Connection: Teaching Empathy to Children | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Teaching empathy and compassion is an ongoing child development process. Find parenting tips and ideas to help nurture empathetic and compassionate children!


Tips for Teaching Empathy to Children

  • Model generosity of spirit. Raising caring and giving children is a process and they learn more from what we do than what we say. When they're treated with respect and kindness, they learn those characteristics themselves. Try to remember that children have limited life experiences. The occasional unkind remark, spat with a sibling, or full-on meltdown is part of their learning process. View these moments as teaching opportunities and respond with a firm, but loving and kind, response.
  • Get a pet....
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Digital Empathy

Digital Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Digital empathy is my effort to combine emotional, cognitive, and social skills into a media literacy curriculum. This emerging construct is informed by three theoretical lenses.


These include empathy phenomena (Batson, 2009), which helps frame a definition of empathy as an ability and process;


social information processing theory [SIP] (Walther, 1992) which outlines the differences between face-to-face (FtF) and computer mediated communication (CMC),


and new literacies (Leu, Kinzer, Coiro, Castek, & Henry, 2013), which highlight how new reading and writing skills impact learning in a digital age.


Together, these three lenses showcase how empathy is an integral component of emotional and cognitive development in both offline and online spaces.   


Jonathan (Yonty) Friesem

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Reading increases empathy, a high demand skil

Reading increases empathy, a high demand skil | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Education is broadening its focus from main academics to include emotional and social skills. Empathy is a skill that is increasingly sought after, not just in classrooms, but also in professional spaces.


But how does one learn empathy?
Read. Read more.


Research shows that reading literature helps readers understand characters, their thoughts, motivations, and feelings.


Readers also predict what will happen next to characters, and link actions to consequences. These skills translate to the real world, where readers can understand the motivations and feelings of people they interact with, as well as predict what they may do next.


Why are employers emphasizing empathy?


by Bryan Green:


image source: Youth readingPersian miniature by Reza Abbasi, 1625-6

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_(visual_activity) 

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Reading Skills.

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I used novel studies and we explored the interactions, the conflicts between characters i.e. Philip and Timothy in The Cay. Students enjoyed the books and found themselves identifying in various ways with the characters as they matured.

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How to Teach Your Children Compassion

How to Teach Your Children Compassion | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

We live in a world where compassion seems to be in short supply. Children are bullied and cyber-bullied. Homeless people are beaten.


The poor are blamed for their plight. You as parents can be a part of the problem or a part of the solution. Your words can convey callousness and indifference, or your words can communicate caring and warmth.


You can use words to help your children to appreciate and instill the value of compassion in their minds and lives.


One way to use words is to develop catchphrases that capture the meaning of compassion in a compelling and memorable way.


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ZERO TO THREE: Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Empathy

ZERO TO THREE: Tips on Helping Your Child Develop Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to imagine how someone else is feeling in a particular situation and respond with care. This is a very complex skill to develop. Being able to empathize with another person means that a child:


  • Understands that he is a separate individual, his own person;

  • Understands that others can have different thoughts and feelings than he has; 

  • Recognizes the common feelings that most people experience—happiness, surprise, anger, disappointment, sadness, etc.;

  • Is able to look at a particular situation (such as watching a peer saying good-bye to a parent at child care) and imagine how he—and therefore his friend—might feel in this moment; and

  • Can imagine what response might be appropriate or comforting in that particular situation—such as offering his friend a favorite toy or teddy bear to comfort her
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How to teach kids empathy

How to teach kids empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy is a character trait that must be nurtured. Start teaching children when they are young and they will grow up being able to understand others who are struggling.


Discuss empathy in everyday situations

When you first begin to teach your young children about empathy, you will have to explain what it means. For example, if your toddler hits a playmate and takes his toy, discuss with her how she would feel if a friend did that to her. Point out people who are feeling sad and discuss why they might feel that way. Ask your children what they could do to help. If a family member is sick, encourage others to help him or her in little ways.


Making your children more aware of times they should be empathetic will help them learn to feel empathy on their own. Be open to the things and experiences they discuss with you.


They will have disagreements with friends and feel wronged. Help them see both sides of the situation and apply empathy.


By: Amy Peterson, 

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