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Do teens lack empathy?

Do teens lack empathy? | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

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While teens are sometimes dismissed as

lacking empathy due to their stage of

development, they can learn

to empathize with others.

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Teens appear to have a generally whiny reputation these days. Some call them overindulged. Others say they lack empathy and expect others to do things for them. Always, the parent takes the blame. While teens are under different stressors today, it is still important to build empathy.

 

It's easy for teens to get wrapped up in their own lives and emotions. In fact, the teen years can be characterized by door slamming, yelling, eye rolling and other acts of insensitivity. 


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Edwin Rutsch's curator insight, February 12, 2014 2:05 PM

They talk about ways of nurturing empathy


1. Discuss emotions
2.  Write it out - writing out their feelings in journals helps.
3.  Model It - model the listening 
4.  Help others  - with service event



  

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Empathy | Activities to Grow Empathy

Empathy | Activities to Grow Empathy | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to 

look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

Henry David Thoreau

 

Do we start from empathy when we set out to solve educational challenges and design learning pathways for our students?

How do we foster empathy and make it a starting point for problem solving and the design of new solutions for both ourselves and for our students?

 

Empathy over sympathy
Lately it seems all roads lead to empathy: 
 

Tony Wagner in Creating Innovators identifies empathy as a necessary characteristic for innovators;
 

 David Kelly of Stanford University identifies empathy as the starting point for all problem solving;
 

 Daniel Goleman states leaders with empathy do more than sympathize with people around them: they use their knowledge to improve their companies in subtle, but important ways.
 

 

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Not only is empathy vital for

solving problems responsively and

meaningfully, empathy is an

underpinning for connection

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 by Carolyn Durley


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, February 25, 2014 4:51 PM

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How do we foster empathy in pre-professionals?

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:: Authentic Happiness :: Using the new Positive Psychology

:: Authentic Happiness :: Using the new Positive Psychology | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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This NYC Skateboarding Nonprofit Transforms the Lives of Low-Income Youth | Health on GOOD

This NYC Skateboarding Nonprofit Transforms the Lives of Low-Income Youth | Health on GOOD | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
How do we provide inner-city youth with valuable experiences that nurture individual creativity and resourcefulness, develop life skills, and enable them to expand their horizons through travel and service?
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WHAT DO YOU THINK: What are the key habits of highly empathic people?

WHAT DO YOU THINK: What are the key habits of highly empathic people? | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s now on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives."


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The Ashoka Community's curator insight, February 9, 2013 11:15 AM

As this article explains, empathy doesn’t stop developing in childhood. Rather, "we can nurture its growth throughout our lives—and we can use it as a radical force for social transformation."  When we integrate empathy into everything we do and everyone we interact with -- we transform ourselves, our families, the companies and organizations we work in, and the communities that we are part of for the better. Ashoka believes that empathy is the foundational skill and attribute of a changemaker.


Read more about the 6 Habits of Highly Empathetic People and tell us in the comments below: What do you think the essential or key habits of empathetic people are?

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#redcamp: Red Deer's first edcamp...

#redcamp: Red Deer's first edcamp... | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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5 simple ways to teach your child empathy

5 simple ways to teach your child empathy | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Chances are you, or your parents, were brought up as part of a generation that was told “If you’re going to cry, you can go outside”. Today’s society is far more understanding of emotions – both our own and other people’s. But this kind of ‘emotional intelligence’ doesn’t come naturally to all of us. While some seem to be born with a natural affinity for caring and understanding other people, others find matters of the heart awkward, preferring to keep a lid on the whole messy business.

 

No matter our natural disposition, empathy is one skill that can be learned and as parents, we play an important role in teaching our children.

 

So where do we begin?

 

Name the feeling...

It’s good to talk about feelings...

Praise your child when they show empathy...

Talk about feelings as actions..

Encourage your child to think of others..

 

 by Karen Charlton 


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Dibyendu De's comment, December 31, 2012 10:50 PM
This is a great exercise in the practice of empathy...
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Search Edutopia for Empathy

Search Edutopia for Empathy | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Empowering and connecting teachers, administrators, and parents with innovative solutions and resources to better education.  


Search on empathy

Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's DayTeaching Empathy: Turning a Lesson Plan into a Life SkillHow Reading Literature Cultivates EmpathyUsing Theatre and Drama to Increase Empathy in StudentsUsing Theatre and Drama to Increase Empathy in StudentsEmpathy: The Most Important Back-to-School SupplyFive-Minute Film Festival: Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and ConnectionBuilding Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: EmpathyEmpowering Students Through Empathy and CollaborationReport from Educon 2.5: Empathy, Relationships and EntrepreneurshipTeaching Students to Turn Empathy into ActionThe Importance of Teaching EmpathyMiddle School – An Important Time To Teach Empathy and CompassionA+ for Empathy: Districtwide Social and Emotional LearningRestorative Justice

 

 

The Importance of Teaching Empathy

 

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It is said that empathy is an important tool

that children must be taught.

It allows us to better understand

another person and to be able

identify oneself with another.

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Education for Empowerment | Education Sector

Education for Empowerment | Education Sector | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University’s School of Education and author of more than a dozen books and 300 articles on educational reform, teacher professionalization, and equity. She has won numerous awards for her research and contributions to policy and practice. Linda worked closely with candidate Barack Obama to shape educational policy and today is working with Gov. Jerry Brown in California to revitalize that state’s once-glorious educational system. Linda is a champion of teachers and the teaching profession. Linda does that rare thing—inspires and informs at the same time.

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Project Happiness: Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy

Project Happiness:  Building Social and Emotional Skills in Elementary Students: Empathy | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

This is part seven of the nine-part series from the Project Happiness curriculum. We are looking at important factors that influence the happiness and social and emotional learning of elementary school.

 

How is Empathy Being Developed in Schools?

 

There are many approaches to teaching empathy. Here are ten interesting ways that aspects of empathy are being introduced:...

Start with Teachers: At a recentEduCon Conference, an important issue came up. Teacher burnout increases when teachers are expected to be supportive but receive no emotional support at all. One teacher summarized it well: "How can I have empathy for my students when no one will have empathy for me?" The solution one school adopted was to have regular staff meetings in which everyone sat in a circle and shared how things were going. Teachers felt closer to one another in creating a more supportive environment where others cared about how everyone was feeling.

 

Infants as Educators:...

 

Validation and Trust:...

 

Power of Teamwork:...

 

Grading on Character:...

 

Practice Emotional Literacy:...

 

Befriending the "Other":...

 

Students as "Changemakers":...

 

Service-Learning:...

 

Encourage Empathy at Home:...


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Velvet Martin's comment, April 29, 2013 3:24 PM
http://www.rootsofempathy.org/en/what-we-do/about-our-program.html
Sue Blough's comment, May 1, 2013 8:06 PM
This subject is foundational and necessary to becoming fully human. While empathy may be natural for Interpersonal learners, they also need to learn boundaries and positive directions for that empathy. All learning styles can benefit from learning this relational skill.
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Beloved cartoonist Lynda Barry is teaching a...

Beloved cartoonist Lynda Barry is teaching a... | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Beloved cartoonist Lynda Barry is teaching a university-level course on doodling and neuroscience that you can audit remotely for free. She’s posting the weekly assignments on her Tumblr – this is the...
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Learner Agency, Technology, and Emotional Intelligence

Learner Agency, Technology, and Emotional Intelligence | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
http://www.visualsforchange.com/blog/2012/12/11/david-preston-on-open-learning/ Preface Early in my training as an educator, I was exposed to William Glasser’s conceptualization of basic huma...
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Learner agency- yes! ... and we're all learners.

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Can We Teach Kids Compassion?

Can We Teach Kids Compassion? | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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Compassion can be taught; it must be taught.

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Smile, the world is good…

Smile, the world is good… | Hopeful Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
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“Always smile back at little children.
To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good.” ~ Pam Brown
This fall I began teaching at a new school. I am also the new vice-principal of my school.

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