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New Designs for Learning: A Conversation with IDEO Founder David Kelley | Public School Insights

New Designs for Learning: A Conversation with IDEO Founder David Kelley | Public School Insights | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Analytical thinking is great.

It’s the way you learned to be step-by-step—to collect data, analyze it and come up with a conclusion, like you did in science class. It is really useful, and I hope people keep doing it. It's very important.


Design thinking is more experimental 

and less step-by-step.

It's fuzzier. 

It's intuitive.

It's empathic.

 

We often say that it’s integrative thinking, where you put together ideas from different sources—it’s synthesis. This is a way of thinking that is not quite so linear, but you can build confidence in it if you do it over and over again....

 

- But the basic premise of design thinking revolves around empathy, being understanding of what other people want, and how the world is put together from a social and emotional point of view...

 

- They can make something that is not project-based a little bit project-based by bringing in our focus on empathy for other people for instance, or making it real in some way. If you have no choice but to do the curriculum that is outlined, you have to figure out a way to get some of these concepts—empathy, prototyping, synthesis—included...

 

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Teaching Empathy in Education Magazine

Teaching Empathy in Education Magazine | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

 

Visit the individual magazines specifically for empathy and;

*   Front Page
*   Animals
*   Art
*   Compassion

*   Compassionate Communications (NVC)

*   Curriculums
*   Education
*   Empaths

*   Empathy Quotes

*   Empathic Design
*   Health Care

*   Justice

*   Self-Empathy & Self-Compassion
*   Teaching - Learning
*   Work 

*   etc.

 

 

 

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Empathy in the Classroom Webinar - EdTechTeam - Google Slides

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An Argument for More Empathy in the Classroom

An Argument for More Empathy in the Classroom | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Beyond being a well-constructed film following the life and times of a fascinating man, the main theme of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was a message sorely needed in today’s world: what made Mr. Rogers successful and great was his relentless, unwavering commitment to empathy. 

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 Its central idea is that behavioral interventions work best when prefaced by empathy, and much like with Mr. Rogers, Faber and King practice what they preach. Their approach to the book was so deeply empathetic that as I read I couldn’t help but feel them to be kindred spirits, which in turn opened me up to truly listen to their philosophy.

 

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How to build empathy in the classroom, one story at a time | Teacher Network | The Guardian

How to build empathy in the classroom, one story at a time | Teacher Network | The Guardian | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

One school’s EmpathyLab project on refugees has shifted pupil attitudes about the world and their place in it'

 

That work was part of a pilot project my school, Moorlands primary academy in Norfolk, was trialling for EmpathyLab. As a teacher, I’ve long been aware of the importance of using stories to help develop children’s understanding of other people.

 

But I hadn’t thought about how to embed it more systematically into the classroom until I was at an English conference in 2015. There, I was introduced to Miranda McKearney, founder of the Reading Agency. She shared research by the Cambridge University professor Maria Nikolajeva which found that “reading fiction provides an excellent training for young people in developing and practising empathy and theory of mind, that is, understanding of how other people feel and think”.

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(Empathy in Education) How empathy education in schools can benefit everyone

(Empathy in Education) How empathy education in schools can benefit everyone | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Opinion: research shows that the development of empathy is essential to healthy social and emotional functioning

By Pat Dolan and Cillian Murphy, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre

This year, we mark 50th anniversary of the horrific assassinations of Dr Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy. In the six months prior to his death, Kennedy had said that he discovered what it meant to empathise and this came directly from his witnessing the poverty of, and prejudice towards, African Americans in the deep south of America. He said he had "walked in their shoes" and it had a very deep effect on him personally, leading him to become a stronger campaigner for civil rights. 

Regardless of any view of him or the Kennedy family dynasty, what is key is the fact that by seeing and understanding the experiences of those who were oppressed he "self discovered" empathy. Interestingly, many years later, former US President Barack Obama has also referred to "empathy deficit" as a major problem in the US. 
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How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students

How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
“The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally dismissed.” –Bernard Amadei, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Engineers Without Borders USA

More than two decades ago, scientists made a discovery that fundamentally altered the way we think about empathy. While observing monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells responded both when a monkey performed an action and when that monkey watched another monkey perform the same action. The same cells can be found in the human brain. These cells, called mirror neurons, fire when we see something happening to someone else that we could imagine happening to ourselves, from stubbing a toe to winning the lottery.
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(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy in the Classroom

(Teaching Empathy) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy in the Classroom | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Empathy is one of the most important skills for kids to learn. It will help them to become kinder, stronger individuals. As a teacher, you have a great opportunity to help students become empathetic. In your classroom, you can give students the opportunity to practice empathy. Try making it fun with engaging activities. And don’t forget to practice empathy yourself. You’re an excellent role model for your students!

 

 

1. Creating Opportunities to Practice Empathy

  1. Encourage students to get to know one another. 
  2. Start a Random Acts of Kindness Project. 
  3. Help students find volunteer opportunities.

2. Planning Interactive Activities

  1. Take a “temperature check” at the beginning of class.
  2. Use the “write around” if you’d like students to work on writing skills.
  3. Use an appreciation box as an ongoing activity.
  4. Choose books that inspire empathy.
  5. Hold a class discussion about the book you all read. 

 

3. Demonstrating Empathy with Your Actions

  1. Be a good role model. 
  2. Listen actively.
  3. Help students understand point of view. 

 

 

 

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Ridgevue High School demonstration focused on empathy, not politics

Ridgevue High School demonstration focused on empathy, not politics | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Rasmussen is one of the students organizing a peaceful demonstration that day — one focused on empathy rather than politics.

 

“We might not be able to change what happens hundreds of miles away from us,” said Principal Julie Yamamoto. “…but we, every day, get to decide what kind of person we’re going to be and are we going to be kind.”

 

Both students and staff will be allowed to participate in the 17-minute observance — one minute for each of those who lost their lives in the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day. 

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Babies help teach empathy at Hillsdale Elementary

Babies help teach empathy at Hillsdale Elementary | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Hillsdale Elementary School in the West Ada School District has six “brand new” teachers this year. They’re infants, and they’re helping teach an important lesson about empathy. 

Nine-month-old Boomer Schaat is one of the babies participating in school counselor Kerry Elder’s social project, which explores the idea that understanding the emotions of a baby can lead to the development of empathy.

“Babies don’t hide their feelings, so they’re able to watch that and relate it to themselves, which teaches them empathy,” Elder said. 
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(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy in Education) Empathy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care?

(Teaching Empathy) (Empathy in Education) Empathy in the Classroom: Why Should I Care? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
November 11, 2015


The benefits of empathy in education include building positive classroom culture, strengthening community, and preparing students to be leaders in their own communities.

3 Benefits of Empathy in Education

1. Empathy builds positive classroom culture.
With the diversity of students entering classrooms each day, paralleled by an increase in globalization, it's more necessary than ever for teachers to actively construct a positive classroom culture. ...

2. Empathy strengthens community.
Given that the definition of empathy involves understanding another's feelings without having experience, empathy sets students up to deepen relationships with their current classmates and people that they know outside of school...

3. Empathy prepares your students to be leaders in their community.
Leaders must understand the people that they lead and be able to show that they care. Leadership articles emphasize human development as an essential leadership quality...

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Empathy key to expanded role of school counselor

Empathy key to expanded role of school counselor | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
It’s frustrating and I think it hurts our feelings but that’s where empathy comes in,” Ewing said. “That becomes our job, to figure out what all the different factors are that are leading that kid to not reach their full potential. How do we pull that out of them? It’s one of the hardest things we do but it’s the absolute most rewarding when it does.”

Though their duties vary from level to level, all counselors interviewed agreed that empathy was the most important trait to have. Understanding a student on an emotional level, beyond just how their grades look for standardized testing, is key. 
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4 ways to cultivate empathy in the classroom

4 ways to cultivate empathy in the classroom | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

In our fast-paced, digital world, it can often feel like our students are more disconnected from one another than ever before. Four TED-Ed Innovative Educators share tips for how we can combat that by cultivating empathy in the classroom and building perspective-taking skills among students.

 

Jennifer Hesseltine

Leaning into discomfort: Encourage students to embrace difficult and courageous conversations to build understanding and empathy.

 

Nola-Rae Cronan

Expand collaboration opportunities: Build or modify an activity that asks the students to interact with another student, teacher, parent, or friend outside of their classroom. 

 

Corey Holmer

The world is your classroom: Create a class of global literate students that have greater empathy and understanding.

 

 

By Emily Graham 

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(Empathy in Education) In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning? By Thom Markham

(Empathy in Education) In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning? By Thom Markham | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Promote a Holistic, Non-Brain Centric View of Learning
Empathy be a behavior, but it has a physiological underpinning. In an empathetic state, the body relaxes and brain activity shifts to the higher centers. To an extent larger than generally realized, this shift is mediated by the heart. Further, the physiology of the heart—in the form of heart rate variability, which affects the messaging to the brain—is influenced by emotions. All the emotions associated with empathy, such as openness, humility, gratitude, and compassion, affect the heart positively.

View Empathy as the Foundation
Old schemata for learning, such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, need to be replaced by iceberg models that give us better insight into behaviors that matter in the world, including social awareness, self-awareness, and attitudes that lead to connection with others. This includes replacing the term ‘social-emotional’ learning, an industrial hangover from a time in which academic and social skills could be distinguished, with a strengths-based focus that binds intellect, passion, and skillfulness into a whole. Teaching SEL skills is on the rise, but teaching the core strength—openness, curiosity, and empathy—and acknowledging empathy’s   fundamental role in cognition and achievement is the next step.

Turn Empathy into an Outcome
Empathy can be learned, demonstrated, and evaluated, but it needs to be defined in terms deeper than ‘I like others.’ Empathy is the first step in the design process.

By Thom Markham

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Back to School with #StartEmpathy and #ChangemakerEd

Back to School with #StartEmpathy and #ChangemakerEd | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Overview

  1. Reimagining Education
  2. Teachers Talk ~ Changemaker Education
  3. Why Empathy? A Case for Promoting Empathy in Schools
  4. Changemaker Classrooms
  5. Changemaker Educators
  6. Changemaker Students

Empathy

In a world of fast change and increasingly complex problems, empathy is emerging alongside reading and math as the new literacy. Check out our ‘Case for Promoting Empathy in Schools’.

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A key element in the relation with students: teaching empathy | Acer for Education

A key element in the relation with students: teaching empathy | Acer for Education | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy is the underrated ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It's a fundamental ability, for any person in any time in any context, but

Teach active listening

Active listening is a very effective teaching method: it consists in helping pupils to free their own mind, allowing them to focus on the words and concepts expressed by others.

 

Furthermore, young students have to focus on their interlocutor’s body language, in order to catch also non-verbal signals and to get better empathically in touch with him.

 

These are the steps that educators have to teach students to follow to learn active listening:

  • – Stop doing what you are doing and interrupt your internal thoughts
  • – Focus on your interlocutor, staring at his eyes
  • – Think that by listening to others you can learn something useful for you
  • – Reflect on what your interlocutor said, analyzing it internally
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UW-La Crosse program aims to help teachers nurture empathy

UW-La Crosse program aims to help teachers nurture empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
At UW-La Crosse’s Fall for Education Conference Nov. 3-4, Borba will share how to teach students the nine essential habits of empathy — lessons from her latest book, “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.”

Borba, an expert in childhood development, has been featured on “Today,” “Dateline,” “The View,” “Dr. Phil,” “Dr. Oz” and “The Early Show.”

UW-L’s Fall for Education conference is a professional development opportunity for area pre-kindergarten-grade 12 teachers and administrators, as well as UW-L’s Master of Education-Professional Development graduate program students.
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Building Empathy in Schools - Educational Leadership

Building Empathy in Schools - Educational Leadership | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

In an era of rancor and polarization, let's foster empathy in our schools.

I worry that we are losing the ability to disagree without being disagreeable. Sure, people have always had different beliefs, but in today's Balkanized climate it seems that positions harden quickly, and people aren't interested in understanding the perspectives of others. Too often we live in philosophical silos. Whenever there's a difference of opinion, people—adults and children—choose to interact with those who support and reinforce their biases.


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New research shows siblings can make you more empathic

New research shows siblings can make you more empathic | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
In a new paper, published today in the journal Child Development, we show that siblings can also play a role in the development of empathy.

We found that children who are kind, supportive and understanding influence their siblings to act and behave in similar ways. And if one sibling is struggling to be empathic but has a sibling with strong empathy skills, they manage to become more empathic over time.

Studying sibling empathy
A child who demonstrates strong empathy skills is able to show feelings of care and concern for others in need.

Learning to be empathic early in development can set in motion lifelong strengths in treating others with kindness, respect and understanding. Empathic children become empathic friends, spouses and parents.
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(Teaching Empathy) End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: Create Safe Learning Climates

(Teaching Empathy) End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy: Create Safe Learning Climates | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join the Social-Emotional Learning, Positive Behavior, and Student Achievement community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.

Bullying, alienation, and self-doubt should not—and need not—plague any students in our classrooms. In this edWebinar, a sought-after educational consultant offers proven, practical teaching practices that mobilize student empathy. Join us as Dr. Michele Borba shares proactive, no-cost strategies you can use the very next day in your classroom and can weave into existing lesson plans. You’ll learn:

How to create an emotionally safe learning culture to reduce peer cruelty and enhance respect and social responsibility
Simple cooperative strategies that boost student connection, increase learning engagement, and promote inclusion
Techniques to expand student perspective taking, cultivate empathy, and build social-emotional learning (SEL)

 

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This Cincinnati-area school district is teaching a real lesson on empathy

This Cincinnati-area school district is teaching a real lesson on empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Next week, sophomores at Lakota West will be asked to leave their classrooms and put down the books for an entire day.

 

Monday's lesson will be on empathy.

 

"It's really neat to see those students from different backgrounds and different experiences bond, learn about each other," school counselor Michael Anderson said. "We want to get the students to communicate with each other."

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In a ‘Difficult and Divided Time,’ New Harvard Initiative Encourages Empathy, Dialogue, and Equity in the Classroom 

In a ‘Difficult and Divided Time,’ New Harvard Initiative Encourages Empathy, Dialogue, and Equity in the Classroom  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

At a time of deepening divisions in the United States, a new campaign to spread kindness, empathy, and equity sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education launched today in middle and high schools around the country.

More than 130 schools in 28 states and 14 countries have signed on to participate in the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign by taking concrete steps to deepen students’ care for others, increase equity in the college admissions process, and decrease “excessive achievement pressure” in places where it is high. Harvard is providing a list of detailed suggestions for schools, such as

 

giving students time to talk “across the aisle” with people who have opposing viewpoints and supporting “sustained community service.”

By LAURA FAY 
March 6, 2018

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Compassion as a Classroom Management Tool

Compassion as a Classroom Management Tool | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMPASSION AND FRIENDSHIP
Demonstrating compassion for your students is not the same as wanting your students to like you. Many new teachers fall into the trap of desiring their students’ approval, especially when teaching older students who are close to the teacher in age, but that can lead to a lack of mutual respect.

To show compassion to students is to take the time and effort to understand their perspective, while continuing to make choices that are best for their learning experience. Showing compassion does not mean you’re a student’s friend—it means you care about their progress and are invested in their future.

By itself, compassion is an important life skill. As a part of classroom management, compassion can enhance the effectiveness of any strategies you would normally put in place.

Compassion gives students an opportunity to trust your choices and have faith in the requests you make of them. Classroom management procedures and explicit instruction are important, but students who know you’re invested in them are more inclined to respect you and follow your lead.

September 19, 2017
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(Empathic Education) What Teachers Should Know About STEMpathy

(Empathic Education) What Teachers Should Know About STEMpathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Thomas Friedman’s concept of ‘STEMpathy’
Friedman’s most significant point in the talk can inform teaching, lesson design, and assessment. The future, Friedman said, isn’t about what we know. “Nobody cares what you know, because the Google machine knows everything,” he said. Rather, he argued, the future is about what we can do with what we know.

The thing that makes us uniquely different from computers, Friedman pointed out, is our humanity and empathy. If we can unite that with STEM education, students will be armed with “STEMpathy” that cannot be found in an algorithm. “The faster the world gets, the more everything old and slow matters, the things you can’t download,” he said.
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Schools Are Using Poverty Simulations To Build Empathy, But Do They Work? 

Schools Are Using Poverty Simulations To Build Empathy, But Do They Work?  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
figure it out in three hours surely somebody who has been in it for years and years can figure it out,’ which is not the case,” she said.

Roll, the social work professor at California State University, says the simulation is an effective tool to build empathy so long as it’s employed properly. If it’s not contextualized correctly, “it does look like this game, we’re playing this game and those are people that I don’t know and oh, it’s too bad for them, and why don’t I put a check in the mail to the food bank and not get my hands dirty. And that’s where I think the problem is,” she says.

Roll says she used the simulation with her students for about five semesters and she took surveys that indicated about a third of her classroom had experienced poverty at least some point in her lives. She says she made that clear to the students to ensure they realized poverty affected people they knew and not a
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(Empathy in Education) Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning - By Thom Markham

(Empathy in Education) Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning - By Thom Markham | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Like other aspects of modern life, education can make the head hurt. So many outcomes, so much important work to do, so many solutions and strategies, so many variations on teaching, so many different kinds of students with so many different needs, so many unknowns in preparing for 21st Century life and the endless list of jobs that haven’t been invented.

What if we discovered one unifying factor that brought all of this confusion under one roof and gave us a coherent sense of how to stimulate the intellect, teach children to engage in collaborative problem solving and creative challenge, and foster social-emotional balance and stability—one factor that, if we got right, would change the equation for learning in the same way that confirming the existence of a fundamental particle informs a grand theory of the universe?

 

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Addressing the “Toxins in our Hearts”: A Conversation with Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy

Addressing the “Toxins in our Hearts”: A Conversation with Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Mary Gordon recognizes our huge crisis of connection with so much alienation. “We don’t have the capacity or the will to empathize with the humanity of the ‘other’. We don’t consider them in the same category of the neighbor. We identify from whatever orientation we have as a group. I’m hoping we can help children to see the other as ourselves, and that we can reach across the divides to see the other as self.” Amen, I think.

CS Please tell me about how Roots of Empathy works.

MG Well, the idea has been (in terms of our practical involvement) to find a parent and young infant (we start at 2 months old) where there is a secure, clearly attuned relationship between parent and child. The parent and baby come to the classroom and the class focuses on what is going on in the child and in the relationship.

CS Do you teach children empathy?

MG You really can’t teach empathy. Actually we engage the children by asking them to share their perceptions of what is going on with the baby and the caregiver. What we do, coach the children to help them understand a child’s signals and what they mean.
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