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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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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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Teacher of Year values empathy

Teacher of Year values empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

"I am very passionate about the empathy gap," Post said. "I have learned as much from my students as they have learned from me, and a lot of that has been centered around empathy and understanding them and what they need to learn, so I am incredibly excited to get to share that with ... the whole state of Arkansas, I guess."

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Empathy Is Taught To Students Ages 6 To 16 In Denmark Schools 

Empathy Is Taught To Students Ages 6 To 16 In Denmark Schools  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
From an evolutionary standpoint, empathy is a valuable impulse that helps humans survive in groups. The empathy lessons are believed to help them strengthen their relationships, succeed in work, and prevent bullying.

Empathy promotes the growth of leaders, entrepreneurs, and managers, and empathic teenagers are more successful as they are more oriented towards the goals compared to their more narcissistic peers.

This actually makes sense, as successful people don’t operate alone, and we all need the support of others to achieve positive results in life. Students talk about their problems during this hour, personal ones or problems related to school.
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For Educators: How to Build Empathy and Strengthen Your School Community  

For Educators: How to Build Empathy and Strengthen Your School Community   | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Lots of people are talking about empathy these days, and it’s not hard to see why.


Empathy is a key part of being a responsible and helpful community member at school and elsewhere. For example, young people who show empathy are less likely to bully. Empathy can also be a route to academic and career success, because it helps people understand and work with others. They are peaceful, productive, and positive places where all teachers can teach and all students can learn.

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What Empathy in the Classroom Means Today

What Empathy in the Classroom Means Today | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Empathy in the classroom can provide a lasting impression of an instructor. Professors’ care and concern for their students doesn’t go unnoticed either. Today’s students appreciate when instructors take the time to tailor their approach accordingly to help students manage their anxiety or uncertainty.

 

“Being mindful of the fact that other people right now are struggling to figure out how they’re going to eat really keeps me grounded,” Davis says. “I try to set the table so that my students can share their feelings and stories without feeling ashamed. I don’t say ‘we’re going to get through it.’ I say ‘we’re going to thrive through it.’”

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The Psychology of Emotional and Cognitive Empathy | Lesley University

The Psychology of Emotional and Cognitive Empathy | Lesley University | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The study of empathy is an ongoing area of major interest for psychologists and neuroscientists in many fields, with new research appearing regularly.


Empathy is a broad concept that refers to the cognitive and emotional reactions of an individual to the observed experiences of another. Having empathy increases the likelihood of helping others and showing compassion. “Empathy is a building block of morality—for people to follow the Golden Rule, it helps if they can put themselves in someone else’s shoes,” according to the Greater Good Science Center, a research institute that studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being. “It is also a key ingredient of successful relationships because it helps us understand the perspectives, needs, and intentions of others.”
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I Choose Empathy

I Choose Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Choose Empathy.

Empathy is transformative. It can reduce the chance of a child being bullied. It can enable world leaders to find peaceful solutions. It can motivate nations to open their doors to families fleeing war and violence. It can inspire future generations of loving and compassionate global citizens. Empathy can change the world.

 

The educational arts nonprofit Children Mending Hearts has created “I Choose Empathy,” a free resource for those who have pledged to make their lives more empathetic. For over ten years CMH has been instilling empathy in students through after-school programs, in class curriculum, student, parent, and teacher workshops, and community service events. Now we want to help teachers and parents bring the empathy 360° even more effectively.

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Every Child Practicing Empathy

Every Child Practicing Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative is mobilizing Ashoka’s network of social entrepreneurs, educators, and concerned citizens who are working with young people to make empathy a priority skill for all children. Ashoka identifies and elects Ashoka Fellows whose ideas and initiatives are teaching us how to cultivate empathy across society. It collaborates with influential elementary schools and school networks — public, public charter, and private — to develop and showcase models of school environments that integrate empathy as a core learning objective and strategy.

 

Join the conversation on #StartEmpathy.

 

  • Measuring Outcomes of Mastering Empathy
  • Empathy Reading List
  • Empathy Matters: Organizations that Study Empathy
  • Putting Empathy in Action.pdf
  • Start Empathy Toolkit
  • Toolkit for assessing Changemaker skills
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Episode 3: Empathy with Barbara Gruener

Episode 3: Empathy with Barbara Gruener | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Join me as I have an enlightening conversation with Barbara Gruener about empathy. We discuss the significance of teaching children empathy in schools and how we need to build empathy "like a muscle." Discover simple yet effective strategies for incorporating empathy activities into your classroom!

Barbara is a published author whose work has appeared in magazines such as Teaching Tolerance, Teaching K-8, and Daughters. She writes at The Corner on Character blog and guest posts over at the Character Educator every month. On May 30, 2014, her first book - What's Under Your Cape: SUPERHEROES of the Character Kind - was published by Ferne Press.
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 Empathy Room Activities Deepen Social Emotional Learning

 Empathy Room Activities Deepen Social Emotional Learning | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
In this interactive session, participants will engage in hands-on activities that deepen awareness of access and inclusion for all learners and develop empathy and understanding of social-emotional learning that will enrich their classroom and school environments.

Key Objectives:

1. Foster understanding of inclusion for all students
2. Develop empathy and insight into learning challenges for at-risk students
3. Promote school culture that supports an equitable learning environment and access for all students through the lens of social-emotional learning
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How Dialogue Teaches Critical Thinking and Empathy

How Dialogue Teaches Critical Thinking and Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
In an age when students not only socialize online, but also get the majority of their information from the internet, how can we best teach them that not everything someone says on social media is reputable?

How can we help students become critical thinkers and smart consumers of information—and perhaps more importantly, how can we help them develop the ability to shun the vitriolic exchanges that can happen online, and instead learn to engage in true, productive dialogue?

The first step is teaching students the skills they need to evaluate information for themselves. Here are three strategies that can help them:
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Empathy Is Taught To Students Ages 6 To 16 In Denmark Schools

Empathy Is Taught To Students Ages 6 To 16 In Denmark Schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Danes are happy people. In fact, Denmark has consistently reached the top three of happiest countries in the world in the UN’s World Happiness report over the past seven years! The secret to their happiness may lie in the heart of their education system where, in 1993 the Denmark education curriculum introduced mandatory empathy classes. …
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Building Empathy in Out-of-School Time – RULER Approach

Building Empathy in Out-of-School Time – RULER Approach | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Strategies for Building Empathy in Youth
We can help youth see themselves as kind, considerate, and caring people, but we have to show them, through our words, actions, and decisions. Beyond this, we have to believe that the youth we serve are capable of kindness and compassion.

 

Below are some strategies for building empathy in youth.

  • Get to Know and Build Strong Relationships with Youth
  • Establish a Safe and Supportive Program Climate
  • Model Empathy
  • Incorporate Teamwork and Collaboration into Program Structures and Activities
  • Include Service-Learning and Volunteer Experiences in Your Programming
  • Implement Restorative Practices

http://www.rulerapproach.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Empathy_Handout_v3_030719.pdf

 

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STEMpathy in Schools: A Conversation with DonorsChoose

STEMpathy in Schools: A Conversation with DonorsChoose | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
As Samsung Solve for Tomorrow embarks upon a new decade, equity and empathy are top-of-mind. This has sparked a heightened focus on “STEMpathy” – embedding human compassion and empathy into STEM education to further evolve both emotional intelligence and cognitive development.

 

Empathetic understanding leads to human-centered ways of solving problems and that conscious view also frames critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, entrepreneurship, and more.

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3 Great Ideas for Teaching Empathy to K-12 Students

3 Great Ideas for Teaching Empathy to K-12 Students | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

It can be quite challenging to teach empathy to students, since the concept is quite abstract. The line between sympathy and empathy is quite blurred, and even explaining the subtle difference between the two to adults can be difficult.

The dictionary definition doesn’t help much, either, as it is rather vague, simply reading as ‘the ability to understand and share the feelings of another’.

 

We’re going to show you three ways that you can teach empathy to your students, whether they’re in kindergarten or in the 12th grade. 

 

  • Creating an Empathy Map
  • Use Literature as a Way to Teach Perspective
  • Teaching Point of View

 

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Preschool Neuroscience Summit: Cultivating Empathy in Children - Mary Gordon - Roots of Empathy

Preschool Neuroscience Summit: Cultivating Empathy in Children - Mary Gordon - Roots of Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Cultivating Empathy in Children
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Empathy to action: Child and adolescent out‐group attitudes and prosocial behaviors in a setting of intergroup conflict 

Empathy to action: Child and adolescent out‐group attitudes and prosocial behaviors in a setting of intergroup conflict  | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The paper explored how to promote constructive intergroup relations among children and young people in a context of protracted conflict. Across two studies, the Empathy–Attitudes–Action model was examined in middle childhood and adolescence. More specifically, we tested the relations among dispositional empathy, out‐group attitudes, and prosocial behaviors for youth born after the peace agreement in Northern Ireland.

 

In one correlational (Study 1: N = 132; 6–11 years old: M = 8.42 years, SD = 1.23) and one longitudinal design (Study 2: N = 466; 14–15 years old), bootstrapped mediation analyses revealed that empathy was associated with more positive attitudes toward the conflict‐related out‐group, which in turn, was related to higher out‐group prosocial behaviors, both self‐report and concrete actions.

 

Given that out‐group prosocial acts in a setting of intergroup conflict may serve as the antecedents for peacebuilding among children and adolescents, this study has intervention implications.

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Covid-19 is our chance to teach kids empathy just like we train them in Maths and Science

Covid-19 is our chance to teach kids empathy just like we train them in Maths and Science | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
To summarise, the first step we must do is to make Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) — the formal process to make individuals empathic, compassion and kind — mandatory in schools.

 

Second, we must formalise SEL training and refresher courses for all teachers, principals and education related decision makers.

 

Third, we must formalise SEL training across all leadership programs. This systematic inculcation of SEL skills will trigger the mindset change we desperately need to build a peaceful and sustainable world. This wont happen overnight but a systematic start is necessary.

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Joe Biden Prioritizes Empathy in Scorching Trump Takedown

Joe Biden Prioritizes Empathy in Scorching Trump Takedown | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

” Biden said. “We continue to be able to have our way [of life] even when we’re in quarantine, we’re able to be taken care of. I'm sorry but I just think this frustrates me so much because I'm so proud of what the American people are doing. The president, my impression is he doesn't have a whole lot of sense of empathy.”

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In Danish Schools, Empathy Is Taught to Students Aged 6 to 16

In Danish Schools, Empathy Is Taught to Students Aged 6 to 16 | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

While most school children are educated in academic subjects such as math and English, there are other important life lessons that don’t always make it into the curriculum. Having empathy is a learned skill that comes with listening and understanding others. That’s why Danish schools decided to introduce mandatory empathy classes in 1993, as a way to teach children aged 6-16 how to be kind.

For one hour each week, during “Klassens tid,” students are invited to talk about problems they have been experiencing. During this time, the entire class works together to find a solution. This teaches children to respect the feelings of others without judgement. The empathy classes are believed to help them strengthen their relationships, sympathize with others’ problems, and even prevent bullying. They also allow each child to be heard, feel valued, and become part of a community.

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In Denmark, Children are Taught Empathy In School

In Denmark, Children are Taught Empathy In School | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
There are a lot of values and skills that most schools fail to cover, some more important than even a lot of the subjects already covered in the program. One thing that’s consistently missing from most programs, however, even though it’s a value that’s crucial for a social species such as ours, is empathy. 

As with many other things such as health care, the Happiness Index, education, and more, Denmark leads the rest of the world in this aspect as well. (1) In accordance with the country’s core values of peace, compassion, and empathy, the Danish are the first to introduce “Empathy” as a school subject. The reason why the Danish have incorporated empathy into their standard national curriculum is that they’ve realized the importance of teaching children what it means to understand and share feelings.
 
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Showing empathy can help combat bullying in schools

Showing empathy can help combat bullying in schools | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
“You know how people say, someone can say ten nice things about you, but the one negative comment you’ll remember,” said Amber Hawkes, school counselor. “Go back to those ten positive comments because they’re gonna outweigh the one negative one that you heard.”

For school administrators, they try to focus on what is causing someone to act out towards others, or put someone down.

“A positive that can come out of it, is when you are working with that student, the antagonizer and in the end you are able to resolve what it is that is stemming from this,” said Sara Praegitzer, associate principal.
“From them being able to get the help, whether it’s counselors here or the principal or myself or outside help. That is the best clarity that we can have because we know that we are getting them what they need and then they are happier with themselves.”
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Healthy Boundaries

Healthy Boundaries | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Teaching boundaries to your students is essential to their emotional development and intelligence. It helps them to become self-aware as to what they will and will not tolerate, builds confidence, sets them up to have successful relationships, and fosters traits, such as respect and empathy.

One way to define boundaries to your students is to have them envision an invisible fence between themselves and others. This fence represents the limits in which they don’t venture beyond and in which others are not welcome. And this goes both ways. It’s important they understand to respect the boundaries of their peers as well.

 

  1. Empathy Checks: 
  2. Role Play:
  3. Let Your Students Brainstorm Solutions to their Problems & Conflicts: 
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Centering Dialogue in the Classroom: It’s about WE, not ME!

Centering Dialogue in the Classroom: It’s about WE, not ME! | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

You have likely heard about safe spaces. You may have heard about brave spaces. What’s important is for the facilitator to collaborate with students as to what they would like the space to become—what values are central to dialogue that can be treated as guidelines if ever the dynamic were to go awry.

 

Establishing trust is an essential first step in cultivating a culture of connection and understanding across differences. To build trust, students and educators must work together to engender a dialogic space where empathy, understanding and compassion thrive.

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Designing Empathy-Based Professional Development That Teachers Will Use | EdSurge News

Designing Empathy-Based Professional Development That Teachers Will Use | EdSurge News | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Em·pa·thy /ˈempəTHē/ noun. The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

While there has been an increase in training around social-emotional learning (SEL) in K-12 classrooms, many professional development (PD) resources for educators treat SEL as a standalone subject rather than a foundational component of learning environments.

Truly incorporating SEL into classroom instruction is challenging—for both educators and students—because it demands continuous reflection and examination of everyday interactions and inclinations.

In adult life, empathy, compassion and the identification and management of emotions are integrated into everything we do. In education, empathy and compassion are paramount to student-centered learning environments and instructional design because they encourage educators to question their own assumptions while considering and supporting the demonstrated needs of students.

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Empathy: The Heart of Difficult Conversations | Michelle Stowe | TEDxTallaght 

Empathy: The Heart of Difficult Conversations
Michelle Stowe | TEDxTallaght
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Michelle Stowe is a restorative practitioner, trainer and consultant. She is passionate about creating well-being and happiness in the workplace; and particularly interested in re-culturing schools and cultivating a restorative paradigm shift that honours community and connection.

Michelle also works with schools, communities and organisations that need support in resolving conflict between people. She is particularly interested in supporting others to turn towards and see themselves in one another in times of conflict. Being involved in this work allows her to feel that the life she is living is the same as the life that wants to live in her. Michelle Stowe is a restorative practitioner, trainer and consultant.

She is passionate about creating well-being and happiness in the workplace; and particularly interested in re-culturing schools and cultivating a restorative paradigm shift that honours community and connection.

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