Empathy is more than just a feel good word, it is a classroom imperative. What exactly is empathy? How do we cultivate in ourselves, our classrooms and our communities? What is its impact on students, teachers and schools? This session will answer these questions with research and classroom tested strategies and techniques. In this session, participants will learn the following:
- Types of empathy
- Strategies to build and refine our own empathy for our students and communities
- The role of teacher empathy in cultivating classrooms of growth and reflection
- The influence of empathy on school and classroom design, social emotional environments, and daily scheduling
- Strategies to build and refine empathy in our students within a classroom setting
The importance and impact of play in the development of empathy. This session will integrate research, classroom examples, visuals, and personal reflection to empower participants to create the best possible worlds in their classrooms and schools, one with empathy and compassion at its core.