Monday, November 26, 2018

Learning About Empathy

During the holiday season and beyond understanding the feelings of others is so important.


I Know That Feeling!: On Empathy (K-5)


Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Update: Today/this week/last week/earlier this month,
our Social Emotional Learning Coach visited our classroom to talk to us about empathy. We
discussed the definitions of empathy and sympathy, and discussed the difference between the two.
Empathy is the ability to share and understand the feelings of another, while sympathy is feelings of
pity or sorrow for another's misfortune. Crow Boy, by Taro Yashima, OR The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig,
served as a mentor text and a short video from Sesame Street demonstrated the
concept beautifully: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_1Rt1R4xbM

We also reviewed five steps to strengthen empathic development - Observe, Remember, Imagine, Ask, & Show - and applied our learning to hypothetical scenarios. For continuity at home, consider asking
your child to tell you the difference between empathy and sympathy and to tell you about the steps in greater
detail. A simple, yet powerful way to practice empathy with young people is to simply observe : look at others'
faces, their body language, and listen to what they're saying -- or not saying. A trip to the grocery store can serve
as a rich setting for this practice: we're sure to cross paths with happy, friendly shoppers, and those that are
less so. Reflecting out loud on what you observed with your child might sound like: "The woman checking
out our groceries had a smile on her face and told us to have a great day. She made me  smile, too!" or
perhaps, "I noticed the man in the bakery aisle had a mad look on his face and his tone didn't feel very friendly
when he asked us to make room for his shopping cart. I wonder why he's having those feelings."

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Escape Room


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Staff learns how to use an escape room to elicit problem solving and collaboration skills with students.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Learning About Empathy

During the holiday season and beyond understanding the feelings of others is so important. I Know That Feeling!: On Empathy (K-5) ...