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Design Thinking in Schools K12 Directory - Empathic Design in Schools Around the World.

Design Thinking in Schools K12 Directory - Empathic Design in Schools Around the World. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Design thinking is a powerful way for today’s students to learn, and it’s being implemented by educators all around the world. This site is a directory of schools and programs that use design thinking in the curriculum for K12 students.

 

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Finland is really good at stopping bullying. Here's how they're doing it. teaching bystanders to empathize and intervene.

Finland is really good at stopping bullying. Here's how they're doing it. teaching bystanders to empathize and intervene. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Bullying is awful, but a Finnish program is teaching bystanders to empathize and intervene.

 

"In the game, students can practice how to be nice to someone and what kind of nice things you can say to someone who would like to be included in the group or is new in the school," said Alanen.

 

By asking the kids what they would do in certain situations and giving feedback and advice about it, the program can help teach the students to be more empathetic and supportive of bullying victims. And the data shows that the program works too.

 

Juvonen's analysis found that KiVa reduced the odds of a given student being bullied by about one-third to one-half.

By James Gaines

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(Stanford University Research) A Focus on Empathy, Not Punishment, Improves Discipline

(Stanford University Research) A Focus on Empathy, Not Punishment, Improves Discipline | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

New research at Stanford University encouraged middle school teachers to take on an “empathetic mindset” when students were being disciplined. The study found that the number of pupils who were suspended across the academic year halved, from 9.6% to 4.8%....

A crucial part of teaching young people is to create positive relationships with students, said Okonofua and Walton, particularly students who are struggling. But some school environments have “zero-tolerance” policies concerning student behavior. In turn, this exposes some teachers to a “default punitive mindset.”

“It is heartbreaking,” Walton said. “Teachers are caught between two models, a punitive model that says you have to punish kids to get them to behave and an older model that goes to the heart of the profession, which says that teaching is all about building strong relationships with children, especially when they struggle.”

 

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(Teaching Empathy) (Michele Borba) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy With Media Literacy

(Teaching Empathy) (Michele Borba) 3 Ways to Teach Empathy With Media Literacy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Empathy may be one of the most important social skills we learn as humans.

 

Without it, not only do we fail to understand how our actions affect others, but we also lack the imagination and creativity needed to design tools and communicate our ideas beyond our own communities of like-minded people. Indeed, without some degree of empathy, we may not be able to communicate at all.

 

And yet, empathy also happens to be one of the most difficult skills to teach, rife as it is with complexity and emotion.

 

The importance and challenges of teaching empathy have come into renewed focus, thanks in part to bestselling author Dr. Michele Borba's latest book, "UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World."

 

Other recent events - ranging from the mass shooting in Orlando, to the firestorm caused by a letter from a rape victim read out loud to her attacker, to the growing global refugee crisis - all test our ability to imagine what it must be like to live in another person's shoes for a day.

 

by Emily Long

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Empathic Design in the Classroom: Can We Teach Empathy?

Empathic Design in the Classroom: Can We Teach Empathy? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Our students are often prompted in ways that guide them to empathize with both hypothetical and real “users.” HS Mathematics Teachers Duane Wacha and Amy Harbaugh’s geometry course took a look at ASIJ, as it is designed now.


Their goal was to redesign the entire campus in a way they feel more empathetically represents the student users’ needs. They created 3D models in SketchUp and used paper schematics to draft a new view of the school grounds. In the process Duane and Amy’s geometry students came to appreciate the complexity in considering the needs of all who share our campus. They also came to appreciate the value in creating for others.


Empathy was a topic of interest at the start of school In-House Teacher Conference held on August 18 and 19. Eighteen other teachers joined Duane in a collaborative session that explored empathy in the classroom—discussing strategies and skills teachers can use to support students in shifting their point of view and understanding the diverse perspectives of others.

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Design Learning based on an empathetic understandings of others and what they need.

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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...

 

By Claus von Zastrow

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Empathy in Education

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Role of empathy in education:-

In 2012, researchers at McGill University in Montreal found a direct connection between empathy and learning capacity. It is part of social and emotional learning (SEL) as it helps the students to manage emotions, establish relationships and solve life problems.

 

It is an underlying foundation for student-teacher interaction that enables to know and connect with each other. This help the students to get rid of stress that affects their learning, brain development, memory power, reasoning ability and self control.

Positive relationships can be developed with the help of empathy skills. It enables the students to listen to others, understand & learn verbal and non verbal cues and appreciate the differences in others. Empathy stands as a main factor in developing leadership skills in students as a leader is expected to understand the thoughts and feelings of other people, expose their care towards them and value them as this will build trust by the followers on the leaders.

 

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Study: Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents

Study: Brief intervention to encourage empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half among adolescents | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

There is increasing concern about rising discipline citations in K–12 schooling and a lack of means to reduce them. Predominant theories characterize this problem as the result of punitive discipline policies (e.g., zero-tolerance policies), teachers’ lack of interpersonal skills, or students’ lack of self-control or social–emotional skills. By contrast, the present research examined teachers’ mindsets about discipline.

 

A brief intervention aimed at encouraging an empathic mindset about discipline halved student suspension rates over an academic year. This intervention, an online exercise, can be delivered at near-zero marginal cost to large samples of teachers and students.

 

These findings could mark a paradigm shift in society’s understanding of the origins of and remedies for discipline problems.

 

  1. Jason A. Okonofua
  2. David Paunesku
  3. Gregory M. Walton
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Karen Warner: Operating with Empathy: How to Build Organizations for Real People

Have you ever felt dehumanized by a system or organization? What does it mean to treat each other like “real people”? In this talk, Karen Warner explores the impact of organizational empathy.

 

Drawing upon a background in the social sector and her own family’s story, Karen challenges us to design and lead organizations that put human empathy front and center.

 

 Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Four Essentials to Move Students from Apathy to Empathy 

Four Essentials to Move Students from Apathy to Empathy  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Four Ingredients that Move Students from Apathy to Empathy:

1. Margin..
A number of neuro-scientific experiments have been conducted, where brains were scanned to study how empathy emerges. Neuroscientists, like Dr. Thomas Lewis of UCSF, remind us that empathy is taken from two roots:

Em – to be within
Pathos – to feel or suffer with

2. Exposure...3. Hardship...4. Models...

 

Question:

How can you model more clearly the virtue of empathy each day?

How can you find time to tell stories of those who’ve embodied empathy?

 

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Project promoted random acts of kindness

Project promoted random acts of kindness | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Being able to step into another person’s shoes is a life skill Robert Cumming believes his martial arts students need to know.

Cumming is the owner and operator of Jung Do Martial Arts Academy, where it’s his goal to teach life skills through martial arts. To learn how to empathize with others, Cumming asked his students to decide on a project to get them out into the community.

The result was Empathy Day, a day of random acts of kindness.

On Saturday, 80 students from the academy, most aged six to 14, spread out through Kingston to hand out “uplift bags” filled with gift cards and kind messages.

 

By Julia McKay,

The bags were given out to anyone, in a truly random fashion.

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Restorative justice empowers students to resolve conflicts on their own and in small groups, and it's a growing practice at schools around the country. Essentially, the idea is to bring students together in peer-mediated small groups to talk, ask questions, and air their grievances. (This four-part tutorial from the Centre for Justice and Reconciliation is a wonderful primer.)

For the growing number of districts using restorative justice, the programs have helped strengthen campus communities, prevent bullying, and reduce student conflicts. And the benefits are clear: early-adopting districts have seen drastic reductions in suspension and expulsion rates, and students say they are happier and feel safer.
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Why empathy in the classroom is so important

Why empathy in the classroom is so important | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

A new study out of Stanford shows that when teachers maintain an empathetic mind frame, students are less likely to be expelled.

 

The study was conducted by Jason Okonofua, Stanford psychology post-doctoral fellow and lead author on the paper, psychology researcher David Paunesku, and Stanford associate professor of psychologyGregory Walton and was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

 

According to a press release on the study, these results came from the culmination of three separate experiments on inspiring empathy in teachers. ....

 

Approaching discipline with empathy works it practice too, according to 2016 Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Hayes explained that students need to be allowed to be kids and to handle problems from the point a student is at, not the point an educator feels the student should be at.

 

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Empathy and School Design

Empathy and School Design | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

EMPATHIZING
Over the past several months, I started with empathizing as I set out on the exciting path to build Educate78’s School Design Lab.  Our audacious vision is for the lab to support school design teams in creating high quality, innovative new schools.

 


In launching this work, I am thoroughly relishing my first round of empathizing.  In a relatively short amount of time, I had the opportunity to: watch and listen, engage, and observe from an incredible cast of courageous educators and innovators taking on the task of transforming our schools.

 

by Carolyn Gramstorff 

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We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year

We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Teaching kids facts and analytical thinking skills isn’t enough, she said, adding that she hopes to use her new platform to promote service-learning — which involves community service activities, teaching kids to use their education for good and showing the importance of being empathetic.  

“We spend a lot of time teaching kids to be self-sufficient and high achievers, and I think we really need to spend some time also teaching them: OK, now what do you do with that? What does it mean? You have this knowledge and information, how can you use it to improve the human condition?” Hayes said. “I think we need to nurture empathy from a very early age.

 

by Rebecca Klein


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Peer counselors support fellow students with education, empathy

Peer counselors support fellow students with education, empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

High school students are taking ownership of the mental health of the teenagers in their building.   About 2,000 ninth grade students hear presentations each year on positive mental health and suicide prevention, thanks to the efforts of dozens of upperclassmen peer counselors.  

 

The suicide prevention trainings began among the peer counselors at Fort Collins High School a few years ago, after a student died by suicide, then spread to the other high schools as the students trained each other on what to say.

 

And they had a similar reaction this year, after hearing about two middle schoolers who took their own lives in the fall. The group started developing a training for middle school students around self-confidence that they'll pilot for the first time at eighth grade transition night on April 18.  

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(Greater Good - U.C. Berkeley) Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers: One Berkeley preschool is baking empathy into its curriculum - and for good reason.

(Greater Good - U.C. Berkeley) Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers: One Berkeley preschool is baking empathy into its curriculum - and for good reason. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Various studies show that the more empathy a child displays, the less likely they are to engage in bullying, online and in real life. Empathic children and adolescents are more likely to engage in positive social behaviors, like sharing or helping others.

 

 

They’re also less likely to be antisocial and exhibit uncontrolled aggressive behaviors. That’s a big reason why educators have been devoting more attention to empathy in recent years, integrating it more deeply into schools and curricula. And as Golestan illustrates, some of these efforts are focusing on early childhood education.

 


Indeed, research suggests the sooner we learn to empathize, the better off we are in the long run. People exposed to empathy earlier in life have greater and longer-lasting emotional benefits than those exposed to it later, or not at all. One recent study suggests that children who are taught social and emotional skills (as opposed to purely cognitive skills) in preschool and kindergarten have better social skills and fewer behavior problems in both kindergarten and first grade, compared with kids who don’t experience that holistic classroom setting.

 

 By Shuka Kalantari

 

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Join the Empathy Trainers Association - Now Forming

Join the Empathy Trainers Association - Now Forming | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The Association For

 

  1. Empathy Trainers who have similar and common interests, activities and concerns about teaching empathy.
  2. Mutual promotion of the welfare of all it’s members.
  3. Protect and advance mutual interests.
  4. Set and maintain standards.
  5. Promote social, advertising and political action to get communities, organizations, businesses and government to support empathy training programs.
  6. etc

 


Benefits for Members

 

  • Access to training curriculum from other members.
  • Share training materials and resources.
  • A directory of empathy trainers that prospective clients can access. For Clients - If you're looking for a trainer you have a place to go 
  • Offer business support and leads to members. 
  • Discussion forums listservs.
  • etc

 

 
JOIN THESE DISCUSSION GROUPS

(  ) First Step, Join the Google Group Email Discussions List
http://j.mp/1OeoT1O

(  ) Facebook Group
http://facebook.com/groups/1538564663111673/

(  ) Empathy Trainers Association Website
http://j.mp/1TmOzL8

(  ) Facebook Event
http://j.mp/1WJ7chE

 

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(Empathic Education) Low empathy linked to bully behaviour 

(Empathic Education) Low empathy linked to bully behaviour  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Does the sight of someone in pain or distress do little to move you? If so, you may share something in common with a bully.

Research into what makes a bully tick shows many have low levels of empathy and can be described as "morally disengaged".

There was no set profile for a bully, said Dr Jaimee Stuart of the Victoria University school of psychology, but there were "some really common characteristics" which could usually be identified by how a child interacted with other children.

"Particularly if there's a lack of empathy and a lack of care for other people's feelings, those are quite key indicators." '

 

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(Empathic Education) Roots of Empathy Program Offers Unique Way to Learn

(Empathic Education) Roots of Empathy Program Offers Unique Way to Learn | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Dennis say the program promotes social inclusion.

 

"When you learn empathy you learn to be able to put yourself in another person's shoes, so it really broadens your outlook on seeing other people for who they are and appreciating their gifts."

 

Carey Wilkinson Lee is an instructor with Roots of Empathy and says one of the interesting parts of the program is learning to understand your temperament in comparison to someone else.

"It's a fantastic part of the Roots of Empathy program because we are all born with certain temperaments and to realize which temperament you are born with- it's not all good or bad, or right or wrong, we're all fantastic."

 

Wilkinson Lee feels that when children accept their own traits they develop less mental health issues as they grow.

 

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(Empathic Education) Study: Teaching Tools to Improve the Development of Empathy in Service-Learning Students 

(Empathic Education) Study: Teaching Tools to Improve the Development of Empathy in Service-Learning Students  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Students participating in service-learning classes experience many benefits, including cognitive development, personal growth, and civic engagement. Student development of empathy is an understudied area, especially with respect to how students develop empathy through interactions in their service-learning placements.?

 

This article describes a project designed to pilot teaching tools (e.g., self-assessment, reflective writing) related to empathy development in 12 undergraduate students. This study examined changes in level of student empathy across the semester, critical incidents linked to such changes, factors that enhanced or challenged empathy development, and student metacognition related to empathy. Findings suggest that certain experiences, such as observing the emotional experiences of others or being given more responsibility at a community site, might prompt changes in level of empathy for service-learning students.

 

Strategies for integrating findings from this pilot project into other service-learning courses and future directions for empathy research are also described.

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(Empathic Education) Babies help East Antrim schoolchildren learn ‘Roots of Empathy’

(Empathic Education) Babies help East Antrim schoolchildren learn ‘Roots of Empathy’ | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Six East Antrim primary schools have taken part in a unique scheme aimed at reducing levels of aggression amongst schoolchildren.

The innovative Roots of Empathy programme involves bringing a baby and parent into a classroom once a month throughout the school year, giving youngsters the opportunity to track the infant’s milestones.
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Rituals of Empathy and Social-Emotional Learning

Rituals of Empathy and Social-Emotional Learning | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Kristin Powers currently lives and works in Seattle, where she works with a strategy and design firm called Intentional Futures. She loves teaching art and English, collecting salts, and reading about black holes.

 

Kristin is passionate about empathy in the classroom, neuroscience, oxytocin research, playful learning, and serious games.

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The Trillium Empathy Experience

The Trillium Empathy Experience | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The Empathy experience is an interactive art exhibit that challenges stereotypes and prejudices through stories and dialogue.
May 26 - June 10th, 2016
The Milton Center For The Arts
​Featuring: The Human Library    Thursday May 26, June 2 & 9th
The Human Library is a place where people are books on loan for a chat
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Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows | Stanford News Press Release

Teacher empathy reduces student suspensions, Stanford research shows | Stanford News Press Release | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When teachers think empathically, and not punitively, about misbehaving students, they cultivate better relationships and help reduce discipline problems, Stanford research shows.

 

The findings showed that giving teachers an opportunity to express their empathic values – to understand students’ perspectives and to sustain positive relationships with students when they misbehave – improved student-teacher relationships and discipline outcomes.

 

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Ian Masson's curator insight, May 27, 2016 10:27 AM
Just goes to show how crucial empathy can be in avoiding so many conflicts.