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Louisville's experiment: Can teaching empathy boost math scores?

Louisville's experiment: Can teaching empathy boost math scores? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Louisville's experiment: Can teaching empathy boost math scores?


REIMAGINING SCHOOLS
An $11 million, six-year experiment in social and emotional learning aims to teach students compassion, empathy, and resilience. These so-called soft skills, research suggests, can translate into success inside and outside of school. 

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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
What's the Big Deal About Empathy?
Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and communicating more effectively. This skill is about as "21st century" as it gets. And like a muscle, empathy gets stronger and stronger with practice and can be developed by any grade school child. This is the muscle that allows you to stand up for something, not just stand by.
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Student empathy is disappearing from schools. Here’s how to get it back.

Student empathy is disappearing from schools. Here’s how to get it back. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Empathy through engagement

At the heart of the Class’s Hour approach is a focus on engagement. Fortunately, you don’t need to dedicate precious class time to make engagement a priority.

 

Here are some steps you can take to integrate principles of engagement without an overhaul of your existing curricula:

 

  • Empower students to express their thoughts and concerns, either in person or in private, such as in an online forum where students submit complaints.
  • Conduct a survey where students can express their fears and concerns anonymously. Share the data you collect from that survey to help students understand that their anxieties are shared by others.
  • Monitor social media for calls for help.
  • Let students know you’re listening to their concerns by drafting new policies or strategies and letting them know that they aren’t alone.
  • Provide empathy training to teachers and staff during annual professional development workshops and help educators prioritize empathy in their classrooms.

 

 

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Education Secretary Urges Schools to Tackle Racism, Teach Empathy

Education Secretary Urges Schools to Tackle Racism, Teach Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has placed attention on longstanding institutional racism and the racial bias that exists throughout society. But it's also led to resistance, as well as rising tensions between police and people of color.

Education Secretary John King said a big part of this problem could be tackled if schools teach empathy. 

"As an educator, part of our role is to help students to see the world through others' eyes," King said.

 

By DAVID DESROCHES 

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Lessons From Denmark: Teachers Can Incorporate Empathy in the Curriculum  

Lessons From Denmark: Teachers Can Incorporate Empathy in the Curriculum   | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
What secrets can U.S. educators glean from classrooms in the happiest country in the world?

After talking to teachers in Denmark, authors Jessica Alexander and Iben Sandahl discovered a surprising addition to the K-12 curriculum: weekly teaching about empathy. The cultivation of this learned skill in schools can make a difference for students throughout their lives, Alexander wrote in Salon.

In their book The Danish Way of Parenting; What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids (2016), Alexander and Sandahl highlight the power of a school program in many Denmark schools called "Klassen Time," which translates to the "Class's Hour." Once a week, students bring in a traditional cake and take an hour to connect with one another. The practice allows students and teachers to find solutions to unresolved problems they may have with each other, in the classroom, or at home in order to create a culture of openness and understanding.

 

By Kate Stoltzfus

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Tips & Tricks: Building Empathy with Your Classroom Dance Teacher - YouTube

Tips & Tricks: Using your Kinesthetic Intelligence to access & develop Empathy. Your Classroom Dance Teacher is an innovative web series, hosted by Teaching Artist & Movement Specialist, Leslie Kimiko, designed for teachers, parents & students alike, to introduce more MOVEMENT into our learning, & more learning into our play.

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Real Schools Webinar - Teaching Empathy - July 2016 - YouTube

WHY should we be concerned about Empathy?


* Because Australian Teachers are noticing a distinct decline in empathy levels of students, reducing their ability to build and sustain relationships with peers and authority. This is negatively impacting behaviour and also dramatically reducing their employability for the future.

HOW we can increase Empathy?
* Building empathy is about increasing our students' emotional intelligence and also their emotional vocabulary. No more should our students believe that any behaviour can only result in others feeling "happy, sad or angry". This is about creating classroom cultures hallmarked by young people who think, who take responsibility and who can imagine walking in somebody else's shoes. It's about knowing the difference between sympathy, apathy and empathy too.

 

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Vikki Coleman's curator insight, August 2, 2016 11:11 PM
This article interested me because it speaks to the job of an educator not so plainly stated in the job description: cultivate students to become responsible people of a global society. Sometimes school leaders get bogged down in the politics and data that education requires, that we do not give as much attention to the individual people and personalities we are nurturing.

I would hope others to gain from this article/video the importance of teaching the whole person, from the heart to the mind.
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The Empathic Classroom: Heidi Green at TEDxHonoluluED - YouTube

Heidi Green teaches Global Studies, Social Studies, and American Sign Language at Assets High School. She also facilitates seminars for students in the Intercultural Peace-building program at BYU-Hawaii. As a new teacher with strong vision, compassion, and dedication, Heidi seeks to help develop positive change in her students.

 

"The Empathic Classroom: Teaching Global Studies Through Conflict Resolution: Heidi Green at TEDxHonoluluED"

 

 

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(Empathy in Education) The same trait that can make you popular in middle school also helps you succeed at work

(Empathy in Education) The same trait that can make you popular in middle school also helps you succeed at work | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The key to gaining and keeping power, Keltner argues, is empathy, or being attuned to what other people are feeling. And that's equally true whether we're talking about middle schoolers or working professionals.

Now for the insight that really rocked my teenage self's world (and my current one): Popularity — at school or at work — is on some level about having social influence. And while mean people may be well-known, they aren't necessarily well-liked or considered influential members of the community.'..

 

Emotional intelligence is related to empathy.)

Keltner explained: "The empathetic kids who know how to read other people's emotions and are aware of the emotional dynamics of social life … also get the status and respect of other kids. They have power."

 

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(Empathic Education) One Key to Reducing School Suspension: A Little Respect - A one-time intervention to help teachers and students empathize with each other

(Empathic Education) One Key to Reducing School Suspension: A Little Respect - A one-time intervention to help teachers and students empathize with each other | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

A one-time intervention to help teachers and students empathize with each other halved the number of suspensions at five diverse California middle schools, and helped students who had previously been suspended feel more connected at school,according to Stanford University research published in April in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

 

Building Empathy
Based on the teacher study, Okonofua and his colleagues developed a professional-development workshop for teachers in five middle schools in three districts. Math teachers—chosen because math is a core subject and one associated with a high risk of stereotype threat for black and Latino students—took part in one 45-minute, in-person workshop and one 25-minute, online exercise on ways to resolve misbehavior in class.

 

Teachers were randomly assigned to either a control group or a training focused on how stress and insecurities that children develop during adolescence can make them detach or act out in school.

 

...they worked through exercises about empathetic rather than punitive ways to respond to rule breaking.

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8 Ways School Leaders Can Practice Empathy in Listening

8 Ways School Leaders Can Practice Empathy in Listening | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

How to Practice Empathetic Listening

Find a quiet place where you can talk without interruption or distraction. Invite a conversation, following these steps. You don’t need to cover every step, but the more you do cover, the more effective this practice is likely to be.


Paraphrase. Once the other person has finished expressing a thought, pause and paraphrase or mirror back what he or she said to make sure you understand and to show that you are paying attention. Helpful ways to paraphrase include “What I hear you saying is…” “It sounds like…” and “If I understand you right….” Be careful to avoid parroting, which can sound phony.

 

Ask open questions. An open question is a question that you could not possibly know the answer to. Examples of open questions include:  “What did you learn from that experience? How did that shape your opinion?” Open questions move the speaker into a new way of thinking. When appropriate, ask questions to encourage the other person to elaborate on his or her thoughts and feelings.

 

Express empathy.,,

 

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(Wall Street Journal) Could Teaching Empathy Prevent the Next Mass Shooting?

As mass shootings capture the national spotlight with more frequency, some experts are pushing for a radical solution: teaching empathy in schools. An elementary school in Richmond, Calif., is using one program to teach social emotional learning to its students. Photo/Video: Jake Nicol/The Wall Street Journal

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A BACK-TO-SCHOOL EMPATHY TOOLKIT : 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year

A BACK-TO-SCHOOL EMPATHY TOOLKIT : 12 Ways to Promote Kindness in the Classroom this Year | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

RULES OF KINDNESS:

Brought to you by: Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative in collaboration with generationOn,

 

Whether your school year has already started or you're still enjoying the last days of summer vacation, it's never too early to start thinking about how you can make your classroom a more caring and compassionate place. If you're drawing a blank on where to start, we've got you covered.

 

As part of generationOn's Rules of Kindness Campaign, we've partnered with experts like Ashoka's Start Empathy and Dr. Lynne Kenney to come up with 12 ways to make sure kindness has a seat in your classroom:

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Midwest Summit featuring Google for Education -2016: Building Empathy through Digital Storytelling 

Midwest Summit featuring Google for Education -2016: Building Empathy through Digital Storytelling  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Dig into the power of digital storytelling through photos, videos, augmented and virtual reality. Create opportunities for students to construct and express their stories.

 

Build an empathetic community of learners by creating, sharing, and reflecting on a variety of perspectives. Have an opportunity to see, share and reflect on the power of empathy and how it plays a role in classrooms and schools.

 

Come experience different examples of embracing empathy through digital storytelling as well as dig into resources that can be used to create similar experiences. Leave with ideas for implementation and tools for creation to give empathetic voice to the students in your classroom and school.

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Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom: the Power of Empathy -  Education Week

Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom: the Power of Empathy -  Education Week | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

When introducing Design Thinking, elementary school teachers often worry that younger students cannot truly engage in empathy - the first step in the process - because they lack the initial experiences.

 

Julie Colantoni, a first-grade teacher in Medfield, MA, raised this concern during a Design Thinking introduction in an EdTechTeacher workshop. However, a few days later, when faced with a "bathroom challenge," she decided to trust the process.

 

First, Julie presented to her students that a problem existed in the school's bathrooms. Though guided, the students began to engage in empathy.

  • Why might this be a problem?
  • Who does this problem impact?
  • What could we, as first graders, do to fix this problem?

 

With those prompts, her students dove into the Design Thinking process. They came to their own realization that their actions impacted others and that this issue caused extra work for the school custodian. In essence, they defined the problem for themselves.

 

By Beth Holland

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Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools

Ideas We Should Steal: Teaching Empathy in Schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

In Denmark, students learn empathy the way they learn math, in school. Not coincidentally, the Danes are the happiest people on earth.

 

What children do not come by naturally is empathy, the ability to understand another person’s perspective and want to help them.

 

Empathy, as it turns out, is a skill—akin to math or science or writing—that must be taught, over and over and over. And it must be taught. Not only does empathy help turn children into more pleasing people; it also is a key to forging social connections that contribute to overall happiness and success.

 

BY ROXANNE PATEL SHEPELAVY

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Why Danish Students Are Happier and More Empathetic

Why Danish Students Are Happier and More Empathetic | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Contrary to popular belief, most people do care about the welfare of others.

From an evolutionary standpoint, empathy is a valuable impulse that helps humans survive in groups. In American schools, this impulse has been lying dormant from a lack of focus. But in Denmark, a nation that has consistently been voted the happiest place in the world since Richard Nixon was president, children are taught about empathy from a young age both inside and outside of school....

 

Another program, which is increasingly popular, is called CAT-kit. This program is aimed at improving emotional awareness and empathy and focuses on how to articulate experiences, thoughts, feelings, and senses.

 

 

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#Activating Empathy "A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms" - Engage 

ENGAGE, unit 4, is for educators who, through the Changemakers Schools Diagnostic, have identified incorporating activities that build empathy in students into teaching practices as a personal learning goal for this course. By completing this unit, you will learn how to use the strategies of play, storytelling, immersion, and collective problem-solving to build empathy in students.
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A Glance at our Grants: Learning Empathy through Literature at Whittier (Episode 6) - YouTube

Not only does Deb Krygeris teach sixth grade at Whittier, she also co-leads The Reading Games. Naturally, she encourages her students to read and has built an impressive classroom library.

Research shows that classroom literature is one of the best ways to teach intangible subjects, such as compassion and kindness. So this year, Mrs. Krygeris requested and received an Education Foundation grant for several books that broaden student perspectives and cultivate empathy.
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Could Teaching Empathy Prevent the Next Mass Shooting?

Could Teaching Empathy Prevent the Next Mass Shooting? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

As mass shootings capture the national spotlight with more frequency, some experts are pushing for a radical solution: teaching empathy in schools. An elementary school in Richmond, Calif., is using one program to teach social emotional learning to its students. Photo/Video: Jake Nicol/The Wall Street Journal

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 Free Online Workshop: Co-Designing an Empathic School Culture with Edwin Rutsch: Register Now

 Free Online Workshop: Co-Designing an Empathic School Culture with Edwin Rutsch: Register Now | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Empathic Design and human-centered design is a process that has been used for decades to create better products, services, experiences, cultures and organizations that keep people’s needs at the core.

 

You’re invited to learn about and apply human-centered design in this workshop. Using the process and tools developed by IDEO and the Stanford d.school, this workshop will introduce you to human-centered design and help you generate, prototype and test your ideas quickly.   We will apply this process to the challenge of: How might we design an empathic culture in our school?

 

 
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*  July 8,    

*  July 28 - Full,    

*  Aug 4.    
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(Empathic Education) Schools Are Failing To Develop Students With Moral Identities

(Empathic Education) Schools Are Failing To Develop Students With Moral Identities | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The pressures of national academic standards have pushed character education out of the classroom.

 

In the recently released Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, Michelle Borba claims narcissism is on the rise, especially in the Western world, as more teens concur with the statement: “I am an extraordinary person.” If empathy is crucial to developing a moral identity, then this trend should be troubling to parents and educators who hope that students foster the ability to see the world through others’s eyes.

 

My own observations support the data. I’m frequently unnerved by the behaviors I see in classrooms and hallways every day, from physical and verbal bullying, to stereotyping, to students leaving trash strewn all over the outdoor cafeteria courtyard.

   

PAUL BARNWELL

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(Empathic Education) Teaching with empathy is a breath of fresh air

(Empathic Education) Teaching with empathy is a breath of fresh air | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The empathy-based curriculum has been established at our school for several years now, and we have recently received international recognition for this work.

 

In 2014, Francis Street CBS was selected to become an Ashoka “changemaker” school — one of only five in Ireland. With more than 200 schools in Europe, Africa and the US, Ashoka schools form a global network of peer institutions that share a commitment to fostering empathy, creativity, teamwork and leadership among their students.

 

Sharing insights and ideas with like-minded educators convinced me that the commitment to teaching empathy is a truly global one, and I feel hopeful and inspired for the future of our students.

 

Fiona Collins

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July: Empathy Movement NewsLetter: Co-Designing Empathic School Cultures Together

July: Empathy Movement NewsLetter: Co-Designing Empathic School Cultures Together | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

See the latest edition of the  Empathy Movement NewsLetter

2016-07-07: Empathy Movement News: Co-Designing Empathic School Cultures Together

 

2016-06-13: Empathy Movement News: Empathizing with Orlando 
2016-05-12
: Empathy Movement News: New International Empathy Trainers Association Forming

2016-04-09: Empathy Movement News: Can an Empathic Way of Being be Learned?
2015-12-17: Empathy Movement News: Will empathy heal conflict and build peace on earth?

2015-09-26: Empathy Movement News: Empathy as the Best Healing Agent
2015-09-03: Empathy Movement News: Empathy is gateway to creativity, innovation, action.
2015-07-08: Empathy Movement News: From Edwin Rutsch
2015-06-18: Empathy Movement News: 1

 

 

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