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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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How to Use Wipe Clean Cards to Teach Children Empathy

Creative ways to use wipe clean cards from Usborne Books and More to teach about emotions and teaching children empathy in a free workshop. If you want to order these cards, here's the link 

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8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy

8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to recognize your own emotions and account for other’s emotions. How do we ingrain this vital trait in our children? Look no further....


How do we engrain this vital trait in our little ones?
Here are some science-backed tips on how it can be done...
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  • 1) Get them a Pet...
  • 2) Encourage them to Read Literary Fiction...
  • 3) Praise Empathetic Behavior...
  • 4) Be the Empathetic Role Model...
  • 5) Be Physically Affectionate...
  • 6) Give them a Set of Responsibilities...
  • 7) Teach them Basic Rules of Politeness...
  • 8) Teach Them to Think Before they Respond...


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The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy

The Importance of Teaching Children Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Children are born with the aptitude for empathy, but it needs to be taught and encouraged throughout their childhood. Research shows there is a clear correlation between the ability to empathize and future fulfillment and success. Making (and keeping) worthy friends, succeeding in school, attaining a gratifying career, maintaining a healthy marriage, all of these things rely on one critical skill: EMPATHY. 


So how can we teach and nurture this key ability?

Here are three simple guidelines.
1. Make your parental expectations clear.
2. Identify Feelings
3. Be a Role Model


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5 Sweet Ways to Nurture Empathy

5 Sweet Ways to Nurture Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

“It’s so important to me that all of the children in my class feel loved and accepted,” says Sue Davies, prekindergarten teacher at the Grove School of Cary, North Carolina. “I talk about kindness and empathy all the time....


How does Davies nurture empathy? We asked her to share a few of her favorite classroom lessons that contain powerful lessons for all families.



1. Focus on the We
2. Use Positive Language
3. Role Play Feelings
4. Care for the World Around You
5. Talk About Generosity


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Can you learn empathy?

Can you learn empathy? | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Some easy empathy exercises include:


  • Really listening to a friend. Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. When you want to say something, nod your head instead. Just hear what the person is telling you, believe that what he is telling you about his emotions is true for him, and then listen some more. Don't judge. Then, listen some more
  • Talk to strangers: This might be tough for introverts, so if you aren't always comfortable chatting about random stuff, remember that a conversation can happen anywhere, including online. The point is to communicate with someone who is different from you. If you're older, talk to a kid; if you're online all day for your job, talk to someone who works with their hands. If you don't know what to talk about, ask about the person's work or what their last vacation was like.
  • Think about who made your clothes or your car, or your meal. At the grocery store, imagine whose hands may have picked your oranges, or who made the pre-packaged sushi plate you've picked up.
  • Read novels or short stories, or go to a play about people whose lives are different from yours.


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Empathy toys “the new textbooks”

Empathy toys “the new textbooks” | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Everybody has empathy in them and it can’t be taught in a textbook,” Crowchild said. “It has to be shown, it has to be learned by example and it has to be nurtured.”


In short, the empathy toys create a dialogue between students, coaxing them to work together to get through tasks, and to find a shared language to do so. The result, Crowchild said, is an 85% drop in office referrals due to conflict in the three years since the school has been using the toys.

“We don’t have cross-cultural conflicts. That’s very rare,” Crowchild said. “But I think what is happening is we’re creating a culture of understanding and that stems from empathy. Empathy is at the root of everything.”


BY DAVID LARKINS 




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The Power of Practicing Empathy with Love Smart Cards - NVC Feelings Needs Cards

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SFUSD • Restorative Practices; Student Voices - YouTube

SFUSD has rolled out a District-wide implementation of Restorative Practices in dozens of schools. Restorative Practices is based on the assumption that students respond better when things are done WITH them rather than TO them.


Students exposed to Restorative Practices reflect on how they feel regarding the use of Restorative Circle in the classroom.

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How Meditation Could Help Make People Less Racist

How Meditation Could Help Make People Less Racist | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
These findings add to a growing body of research about how mindfulness could be a useful tool in the fight against racism (among other things). It may sound like a bunch of hocus-pocus to those unfamiliar with the well-studied benefits of mediation, but mindful practices like LKM have the potential to snap people out of their automatic thinking and promote empathy. 

Of course, more research needs to be done before we can say that this is a viable way of combatting systemic racism -- you can't force bigoted people to meditate, after all. But according to the study's authors, understanding how to harness the right kinds of positive emotions through mindfulness could be the key to promoting this kind of thinking outside the lab.



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Empathy Online Courses: The History of Projective Empathy: Romanticism and Art

The History of Projective Empathy: Romanticism and Art
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Empathy Circles: a Blended Empathy Practice (Part 1)

Empathy Circles: a Blended Empathy Practice (Part 1) | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

As of 2012, I have been working with Edwin Rutsch of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy to build a hands on, walking the talk, empathy practice. We designed the Empathy Circles as one way of practicing empathy.


The circles are based in science from many different disciplines such as psychology, neuroscience, biology, philosophy and arts (i.e. dance and literature). One of the side effects of having so many disciplines studying empathy is that each discipline comes up with its own working definition of what empathy is. In general, three components can be distinguished: an emotional component, a cognitive component and an action-oriented component. We feel what others are experiencing, we imagine what others are experiencing and we become prone to act upon the experience of others.


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Students engage in poverty simulation

Students engage in poverty simulation | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

by Anna Haritos


The University’s Sociology Department hosted a simulation Tuesday night meant to show students how it feels to live below the poverty line.

The workshop, titled “Experiencing Poverty in America,” was facilitated by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, an Ann Arbor group that envisions a world free from violence and poverty.

ICPJ Director Chuck Warpehoski, who is also a member of the Ann Arbor City Council, said he aimed for participating students to gain deeper knowledge of and empathy for those living in poverty.

“Our main focus of the simulation is the empathy aspect to help people have not just an academic understanding of the barriers of poverty,” Warpehoski said.

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Teaching Kids Empathy

Teaching Kids Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

One of the many goals of parenting (seriously, this gig is exhausting) is to raise children who feel empathy. Hopefully, they’ll go out into the world and act with kindness and social responsibility.


We all want kids who will care about others, the community and the world at large. Also, with some empathy on board they may not be so quick to ship us off to some rundown old age facility the first chance they get. So teaching them empathy is a win/win....

1. Validate all emotions: ....
2. Empathise with your child: ...

3. Encourage an emotional vocabulary: ...

4. Explore all emotions: ...

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Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens

Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Teachers are uniquely positioned to teach empathy, which will help children not only discover personal success, but also contribute to the betterment of society...


Empathy is systemically related to all of the abilities on the compass, particularly to self-awareness at "true south." Research suggests that the more children become aware of themselves, the better they become at understanding others.


Volumes have been written about how to teach empathy,...

  1. Cultivate curiosity about strangers
  2. Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities
  3. Gain direct experience of other people's lives
  4. Listen and open themselves to others
  5. Inspire mass action and social change
  6. Develop an ambitious imagination
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8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy

8 Effective Ways To Teach Your Children Empathy | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Empathy is the ability to recognize your own emotions and account for other’s emotions. How do we ingrain this vital trait in our children? Look no further....


How do we engrain this vital trait in our little ones?
Here are some science-backed tips on how it can be done...
.

  • 1) Get them a Pet...
  • 2) Encourage them to Read Literary Fiction...
  • 3) Praise Empathetic Behavior...
  • 4) Be the Empathetic Role Model...
  • 5) Be Physically Affectionate...
  • 6) Give them a Set of Responsibilities...
  • 7) Teach them Basic Rules of Politeness...
  • 8) Teach Them to Think Before they Respond...


BY SADIE DOUSE


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Udemy: Empathy Online Courses: Developing Empathy - How the Practice of Empathy Contributes to Your Relationship with Your Partner

Udemy: Empathy Online Courses: Developing Empathy -  How the Practice of Empathy Contributes to Your Relationship with Your Partner | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Developing Empathy: How the Practice of Empathy Contributes to Your Relationship with Your Partner by Mark Fagiano


This course examines how practicing the three habits of empathy with one's partner contributes to flourishing, romantic relationships by providing a simple breakdown of the latest research on empathy in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy.


Over 22 lectures and 2.5 hours of content!

  • Section 1: Introduction to the Purpose, Aim, and Structure of this Course
  • Section 2: What is Empathy?
  • Section 3: Empathy as Feeling-into
  • Section 4: Empathy as Feeling-with
  • Section 5: Empathy as Feeling-for
  • Section 6: Part Two: Empathy and the Seven Dynamics of Flourishing Relationships
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The Compassionate Listening Project: Advanced Training

The Compassionate Listening Project: Advanced Training | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

 Compassionate Listening℠ is a skill set that calls for ongoing practice, integration, and embodiment. Advanced courses are created and offered by independent Certified Compassionate Listening Facilitators and posted in our calendar. Courses may be taken individually and in any sequence.


Courses are designed to strengthen Compassionate Listening skills, catalyze personal growth, and offer direction and support in an intimate learning community of compassionate listeners, exploring what it means to be a skilled practitioner. Advanced courses are open to everyone who has taken an introductory training or participated in a training delegation, or by permission of the facilitator.

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Empathy Circles for Everyone: A way to cultivate and strengthen your empathy muscles. by Lee-Anne Gray

Empathy Circles for Everyone: A way to cultivate and strengthen your empathy muscles.  by Lee-Anne Gray | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Edwin believes empathy is needed as a form of "ongoing support for flourishing through life." He hopes to one day see every family having empathy circles to cultivate more ease and frequency of open and honest communication...


When Edwin invited me to join a mini design workshop on redesigning the empathy circle to be even more effective, I was all in!


Moreover, I brought one of my student collaborators to the party! On August 6th, 2015, Edwin convened an amazing group, which included Ed Hooks, author and acting teacher, and Mark Baer Esq, family law attorney and mediator.


Along with myself, and Chance, our 15-year old student collaborator, we were a very diverse yet empathic group. Ed teaches animators and actors how to use empathy in their craft, while Mark was named "Most Compassionate Mediator," and is known for taking the time to ask questions, listen, and understand the needs of his clients. This was an empathic group par excellence!


  • by Lee-Anne Gray, PsyD
     Founder & Executive Director of The Connect Group, a non-profit organization connecting communities with innovative educational solutions.
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DEEP design thinking: Discover > Empathize > Experiment > Produce

DEEP design thinking: Discover > Empathize > Experiment > Produce | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

In prepping for @WestwoodPUSD @VIDASharks & @HighTECHHigh #DEEPdt Learning for this Friday, I organized some handouts from the DEEPdt Widgets section of this site.  Here are the uploaded handouts via Scribd. Enjoy      


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Restorative Practices : SFUSD Student, Family, and Community Support Department

Restorative Practices : SFUSD Student, Family, and Community Support Department | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things WITH them, rather than TO them or FOR them
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Empathy Vision - empathy-training programs

Empathy Vision -  empathy-training programs | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it
Empathy Vision offers empathy-training programs that teach individuals and members of organizations the skills of human empathy for the purposes of living well, creating healthy workplace environments, and for exceeding bottom line goals.We combine research about empathy from business ethics, psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy to bring you cutting edge tools and strategies to maximize both individual and organizational performance.
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Empathy Online Courses: What is Empathy? 8 definitions of Empathy

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Walker Elementary puts a focus on empathy: Students look at what it means to 'walk in somebody else's shoes'

Walker Elementary puts a focus on empathy:  Students look at what it means to 'walk in somebody else's shoes' | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

Dylana Garfas-Knowles reads a story dealing with the concepts of empathy to her fourth-grade students at Walker Elementary on Friday.


The project was part of Walker’s schoolwide focus on empathy during the months of October and November.


For the past two years Walker has been implementing about eight or nine themes per year in an effort to educate its students on “positive behavioral supports.” Other examples include “teamwork” and “stand up,” which was timed to coincide with Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 



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Church group spends the night outside to help the homeless and recognize veterans

Church group spends the night outside to help the homeless and recognize veterans | Teaching Empathy | Scoop.it

"One thing I think a lot of us in the United States is missing is empathy. So I hope our students gain empathy to the blight of the homeless as it gets cold and also have gained empathy for our veterans who have gone through very difficult conditions on behalf of our country," Bart Styes, Director Student Ministry said. 


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Dear Lord we thank you for being you we ask you to bless each and every one of those that are out in tthe cold Lord God be their warm blanket keep them Lord God that they all shall be kept. Lord God we thank you Lord for not allowing any hurt harm or danger to come to them provide them a provision of shelter as only you can Lord God don't allow the elements of the Air to do them any harm. Lord God don't allow anyone or thing in their environment to do them any harm. Lord God we think not more highly of ourselves than we ought for we know that it's only your grace and mercy that it is not us. Lord God let your Holy Ghost anointed Spirit rest rule and abide with them with your supernatural divine intervention with favor to open footage those that have been turned away from shelters because there is no more room available for them. Lord keep them all in such a special way as only you Lord God cAn and we thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you in Jesus precious name we ask you not to allow the death angel to take any of them away we plead the blood of Jesus in over and thru out each and every one of their lives and ask you to bless all that help them no matter how big or small thank you Jesus for not only hearing but answering as we ask for forgiveness of anything that will keep our prayers from going from Earth to glory not only heard but answered Amen amen amen thank you Lord