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Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy?

Teachers Can Reduce Suspensions by Practicing Empathy? | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

According to a new study, empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half and improves student-teacher relationships.

 

A recent study out of Stanford University set out to answer some of these questions. This study found that adopting an empathic mindset and empathic discipline strategies strengthened student-teacher relationships, encouraged better behavior from students, and cut school suspension rates in half...

 

Clearly, students benefit when teachers adopt a more empathic mindset. But what does that look like on a daily basis?

 

Here are some suggestions for cultivating an empathic mindset and practicing empathic discipline as an educator:...

 

  • 1. Reframe the questions you ask when a student misbehaves...
  • 2. To better connect with students, explore your shared identity...
  • 3. Make empathy part of your school culture, starting with staff...

 

By Mariah Flynn

 

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New Literacy and the Changemaker Generation: Why Empathy Is As Important As Reading And Math

New Literacy and the Changemaker Generation: Why Empathy Is As Important As Reading And Math | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
In a world of interaction and complexity — one that relies on collaboration for success and contribution — the stakes for every child mastering empathy have never been higher. Team-of-teams is a way of working that is highly interactive, and individual integrity, a premium standard in this system, is directly proportional to change pursued for the good. Also, rules can’t keep up with this level of change, making cognitive empathy-based ethics essential in our everyday leadership and changemaking.

Youth learning must, therefore, be calibrated so teens are practicing cognitive empathy-based ethics, co-creative teamwork (team-of-teams), a new kind of leadership in which everyone on the team is an initiatory player, and changemaking. Learning in the early grades must be focused on the mastery of empathy as a fundamental skill needed for success and contribution in today’s dynamically changing world.
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'The skills needed to navigate a world based on efficiency in repetition are very different from those needed in a world where the premium is on change and innovation' - 

Yet traditional examinations continue to reward the skill of word perfect repetition!
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Remarks by the President at the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Celebration

Remarks by the President at the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Celebration | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Now, among our country’s best educators happens to be our Secretary of Education, Dr. John King, Jr.  (Applause.)  John is someone who, like Jahana, found refuge in school as a youngster.  And he found role models in the classroom at a time when he needed them most.  And that experience instilled in him the empathy that makes him such a powerful voice for students and for teachers and for principals and superintendents and educators all across the country.  
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Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

Developing Empathy | Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When we put ourselves in another person’s shoes, we are often more sensitive to what that person is experiencing and are less likely to tease or bully them. By explicitly teaching students to be more conscious of other people’s feelings, we can create a more accepting and respectful school community.

 

 

empathy [em-puh-thee]
(noun) the understanding of or the ability to identify with another person’s feelings or experiences

 

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Teaching Empathy

The Circle School is part of the 2016 Big Give SA. At The Circle School, we teach empathy, by having our children volunteer, raising money for causes all over the world, and participating in local marches and protests. We believe that our children can and will grow up to change the world.
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Empathy Can Change the World

This video was dreamed up, scripted, and acted out by some of my amazing 8th grade students from Kalispell Middle School. The vision was to create a thought provoking short film that instills a challenge to the viewer to look at their own life, their own relationships, and their own sphere of influence, and see where a little empathy could help change the world around them.


In working in a middle school for the past 5 years, I've seen the power that a single act of empathy can have on a hurting student, and hope that this message will inspire viewers, just as my own students have inspired me in creating this. Please share in our vision for a more empathetic world.

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Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools

Mindfulness and Empathy - Mindful Schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

How mindfulness training helps build a foundational social and emotional skill

I wanted to reflect  a bit on empathy and mindfulness. Humans are social beings and positive relationships are important for our happiness. Empathy is a capacity that allows us to understand the minds of others and to resonate emotionally with those states.

 

Empathy forms a cornerstone of social cooperation.

As you probably have heard, mindfulness has been linked to a range of positive effects and is being integrated into medicine,2 mental health3 and education.4 Here, I address two important questions:

 

First, what’s the relationship between mindfulness and empathy?

 

Second, can mindfulness training enhance empathy?

 

Written by Matthew Brensilver

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 5, 2016 11:05 AM

Empathy is a fundamental element of mindful teaching and learning.

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Empathetic 10-Year-Old Pioneers Creation Of 'Buddy Benches' In More Than 2,000 Schools In The US

Empathetic 10-Year-Old Pioneers Creation Of  'Buddy Benches' In More Than 2,000 Schools In The US | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Hardly can you find 10-year-old kids feel empathy towards other children. However, this one boy created Buddy Benches for his kids at school so that nobody feels alone during recess. His Buddy Bench led more than 2,000 schools to follow suit.

Christian Buck came up with the idea three years ago, when he and his family were contemplating of moving back to Germany. While looking for a possible new school, he saw a picture of a Buddy Bench, a place where lonely kids can sit during recess, so as to signal other kids to invite them to play.

 

Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob2OsHYQ7PM

 

 

 

By Snow McDiggon

 

 

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Troy Williams's curator insight, April 22, 2016 6:51 AM
An excellent example of a little boy allowed to act on the compassion he felt for his fellow man. I commend the adults that fostered the empathetic act and encouraged the natural expression of a young man who saw a problem and fixed it. A tribute to excellent modeling and empowerment by the adults who mentor this child. Children are the future for peace and tolerance. They must learn to hate and want to do harm to others.
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Educators: Learn about “Empathy”

Educators:  Learn about “Empathy” | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
  • What is empathy? 
  • Are we born with it, or is it learned?
  • What is the relationship between empathy, exclusion, intolerance, and bullying?

 

Roman Krznaric, author of Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It, defines empathy as, “the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions.” Empathy therefore, encompasses the ability to feel what others feel (affective empathy), as well as the ability to take someone else’s perspective (cognitive empathy).

 

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the latest research on empathy. We will consider the importance of empathy as an antidote to exclusion, intolerance, and bullying in our classrooms and communities.

 

Participants will explore lessons and activities they can use to increase their own, and their students’, empathy skills. Recommended for educators, counselors, administrators, youth workers, and parents of students ages 5-18.

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School Principals: A Challenge to Leaders: A Day of Empathy:  Shadow a Student

School Principals: A Challenge to Leaders: A Day of Empathy:  Shadow a Student | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

This is what empathy is all about. Not just sympathy for someone else’s circumstances, but the deep intuition for what it feels like to live their lives.

 

When they sign up to follow a child for a full day during the week, these school leaders are clearing their calendars to commute to school, attend classes, and eat lunch alongside their students to see the entire school experience through their eyes.

The organizers of the challenge — IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and the Hewlett Foundation — are providing resources to help school leaders, who are asked to hack potential solutions where they find a need during their days as students.

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Empathy Teams Forming: Design Kit: Human-Centered Design by Acumen/IDEO

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New Design Kit Course: Online 'Empathy Team' Forming

There is a new IDEO-Acumen Design Kit: The Course for Human-Centered Design starting this week.  This is a 7 week course that starts Feb 16th. 

I'm putting together an online facilitated 'Empathy Team' to take the course.  We will use google hangouts and the Mural design platform to meet and work online. 
(I did the course last fall and facilitated three empathy teams!)

Human-centered design starts with empathy, so our unique design challenge is 
How might we create tools and processes that foster empathy? 
We will do a deep dive into the empathy mindset!

We are looking for 4 to 6 very committed team members with an interest in empathy and design.
If interested follow the link below. It will guide you through the steps to join the team. Also email me directly.


Here are the Links to take part in the 
Design Kit Course: Online 'Empathy Team' Forming
http://j.mp/DesignKit 

Fill out your time availability here.
 http://j.mp/1QMBhZp


Email me to join the facilitated team. 
EdwinRutsch@gmail.com


Edwin Rutsch
Director 
Center for Building a Culture of Empathy



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The Best Way to Stop Bullying Is to Teach Empathy

The Best Way to Stop Bullying Is to Teach Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Following a rash of tragic suicides by bullied adolescents and teenagers, schools around the world have devoted more attention to trying to prevent bullying from happening in the first place. Though schools have experimented with a number of different approaches to reduce bullying, research hasn’t been able to verify that these programs are actually successful at changing social dynamics.

Finally, however, researchers at UCLA have identified one specific course of action that seems to actually make a difference: providing kids with empathy and intervention training.


According to the data, schools that take this approach can have as little as one-half the rate of bullying that occurs at schools with bullying programs that focus on convincing would-be bullies to not be so cruel.

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Amplifying empathy in teachers can help prevent student suspensions, researchers find

Amplifying empathy in teachers can help prevent student suspensions, researchers find | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

School suspension rates have risen in recent years. And since the punishment is linked to more severe problems later in life, such as dropping out of school or ending up in prison, researchers at Stanford University have been looking for ways to prevent it.

 

Researchers asked one group of math teachers to complete a 45-minute online activity about how important it is to respect and humanize students. Meanwhile, another group of math teachers read about how to use technology in the classroom.

 

By the end of the school year, suspension rates were 50 percent lower for the empathy-trained teachers compared to the control group — at 4.8 percent instead of 9.6 percent.

 

Jason Okonofua, who led the study, said that more teacher empathy promotes classroom harmony as well, because the educators are not viewed simply as stern authority figures.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Edwin Rutsch, Editor

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Obama Honors His Fifth Grade Teacher: 'She Taught Me I Had Something To Say'

Obama Honors His Fifth Grade Teacher: 'She Taught Me I Had Something To Say' | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
“She reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me. That is something that I carry with me every day as President,” he wrote. “This is the simple and undeniable power of a good teacher. This is a story that every single kid in this country, regardless of background or station in life, should be able to tell.”
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To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic

To reduce student suspensions, teachers should try being more empathetic | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

By Emily Underwood

 

One group of math teachers completed a short online exercise emphasizing empathy, which included readings about research that showed how caring relationships with adults contributed to student success. It also included writing prompts in which teachers shared their insights about empathy in the classroom.

 

For example, one teacher wrote: “I feel I need to earn my students’ respect and trust. I know many of them have had poor experiences with past teachers so I need to prove to my students that I am there for them and will not let them fail.” A second group completed a similar exercise. But instead of empathy, they read and wrote about the importance of technology to student development.

 

In contrast, only 4.6% of students whose math teacher had completed the online exercise on empathy were suspended, the team reports today in theProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Empathy enhanced by magnetic stimulation of the brain

Empathy enhanced by magnetic stimulation of the brain | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

KENZO LOW could always look people in the eyes, but it hurt. “I felt a piercing intrusive sensation, like they were threatening me,” he says. All that changed when he had a non-invasive form of brain stimulation. The idea was to see if it would alter any of his Asperger’s symptoms. Several months afterwards, he noticed a positive change in the way he interacted with his aunt: “I could look at her the entire time she spoke to me without flinching or cringing inside.”

Low is one of a handful of people participating in the first clinical trials to test whether transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) might boost social skills in people with autism spectrum disorders. As well as gaining insight into how an autistic person’s brain functions, it is beginning to look as if certain facets of ASD might be treatable – assuming of course that a person wants such intervention.

Early results suggest that empathy and social functioning improve when a small area at the front of the brain is stimulated, while ability to communicate and concentration appear to be boosted when TMS is used to suppress activity in a different region of the brain.

“Empathy and social functioning improve when a small area at the front of the brain is stimulated” 

 

By Linda Geddes

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Empathetic 10-Year-Old Pioneers Creation Of 'Buddy Benches' In More Than 2,000 Schools In The US

Empathetic 10-Year-Old Pioneers Creation Of  'Buddy Benches' In More Than 2,000 Schools In The US | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Hardly can you find 10-year-old kids feel empathy towards other children. However, this one boy created Buddy Benches for his kids at school so that nobody feels alone during recess. His Buddy Bench led more than 2,000 schools to follow suit.

Christian Buck came up with the idea three years ago, when he and his family were contemplating of moving back to Germany. While looking for a possible new school, he saw a picture of a Buddy Bench, a place where lonely kids can sit during recess, so as to signal other kids to invite them to play.

 

Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob2OsHYQ7PM

 

 

 

By Snow McDiggon

 

 

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Troy Williams's curator insight, April 22, 2016 6:51 AM
An excellent example of a little boy allowed to act on the compassion he felt for his fellow man. I commend the adults that fostered the empathetic act and encouraged the natural expression of a young man who saw a problem and fixed it. A tribute to excellent modeling and empowerment by the adults who mentor this child. Children are the future for peace and tolerance. They must learn to hate and want to do harm to others.
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Empathic Action Trailer

Welcome to Empathic Action – a YouTube channel devoted to everyday heroes doing good in the world.


Join the empathic action revolution by sharing this trailer and subscribing to this channel.

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School Discipline Evolution: De-Escalation And Trauma-Informed Care Are Becoming More Popular

School Discipline Evolution: De-Escalation And Trauma-Informed Care Are Becoming More Popular | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy is one of the most important skills to teach children, according to Parent Further. Focusing on empathy in applying school discipline is essential in making kids become more matured and emotionally stable people.

 

On the other hand, many educators feel that focusing on punishments and harsh consequences can traumatize children and worsen their behavior.

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An Exercise in Empathy: When Principals Shadow Students

An Exercise in Empathy: When Principals Shadow Students | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Torres and I sat in Anderson’s class as a part of the Shadow a Student Challenge, an initiative from IDEO, the Stanford d.School and the Hewlett Foundation that hopes to foster empathy between administrators and students. It’s the first part of a larger suite of programs, School Retool, aimed at redesigning many traditional, entrenched school processes.

The goal, according to Susie Wise, Director of the K12 Lab Network at the Stanford d.School, is for principals to understand their students’ lived realities, develop empathy for them and start on the path towards change

 

  Shadowing a student is low-hanging fruit that can inspire empathy and immediate action.

 

By Blake Montgomery Mar 7, 2016

 

 

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Let’s Start Addressing the Cause of our Problems, Rather than Just the Symptoms

Let’s Start Addressing the Cause of our Problems, Rather than Just the Symptoms | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy reduces shame, whereas sympathy exacerbates it. There is a huge difference between feeling with someone and feeling for someone. Shame causes a person to believe they’re alone. 

 

Through empathy, we cause them to realize that they are not alone, which is why it is the antidote to shame. As Dr. Brown said in her book, I Thought It Was Just Me, “In most cases, when we provide sympathy we do not reach across to understand the world as others see it.

 

We look at others from our world and feel sorry or sad for them. Inherent in sympathy is ‘I don’t understand your world, but from this view, things look pretty bad.’”

 

Mark Brian Baer 

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petition: Sign for schools to teach coping skills, Empathy classes and social skills in schools! And manners!

petition: Sign for schools to teach coping skills, Empathy classes and social skills in schools! And manners! | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Sign for schools to teach coping skills, Empathy classes and social skills in schools! And manners! To improve children treat one another, sympathize, social skills, and cope with their home, school and the outside world. Build confidence and esteem.


Help preparing for work. Learning to empathize instead of bullying . building support systems and filling the gaps. For what people need to learn for their well being and others.


Teaching volunteering as an coping strategy,resume and relationship builder.


And compassion as strength. Being awareness. Helping children to teens learn these things to help for when they're old enough to move out. Creating powerful positive school to work and home life.

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empathy in the classroom

empathy in the classroom | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Why empathy matters:


1. Empathy builds a positive social culture.

Empathy encourages a better understanding of diversity and consequently encourages friendship and cooperation across ethnic and ability groups.  It teaches tolerance and acceptance.


2. Empathy strengthens community.

Empathy encourages more than just understanding though.  It empowers children to take action that makes a difference in other’s lives. Students with empathy are willing to offer a helping hand to others.  They become active participants not just bystanders in the community.


3. Empathy makes students leaders in their own lives.

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