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Encouraging Empathy: Do's and Don'ts for Teaching Cooperation and Care

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Social skills are often assumed by many adults as something that children innately possess. However, empathy and compassion for fellow students is something that takes careful development and management in the classroom. Join Leigh Anne Kraemer-Naser as she defines and distinguishes between the critical components of cooperation and care: emotional literacy, empathy, and perspective taking. She will provide a brief overview of the milestones in the development of empathy and a sense of self will. In addition, Leigh Anne will discuss some basic, but effective practices that can successfully develop empathy among the students in your classroom. She will also share some common phrases to avoid, since they can inhibit or confuse children's empathetic responses.


Status: Available On-Demand
Subject: Citizenship
Last aired on: Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 1:00 PM EDT
Duration: 30 minutes
Credit Hours: 0.5
Categories: Communication & Collaboration, Diversity & SEL, Learning Theories & Strategies, School Safety
Tags: cooperation, empathy, school safety, social skills

Reviews (61)

Full Member
Enjoyed the information
Full Member
People need to understand how it important it is to express empathy and compassion to our students. We as humans have bad days and times in our lives. However, we should not allow that to make us not try and show compassion to others.
Full Member
Great information.
Thank you.
Really has some great ideas
A student that is not emotionally ready is not acadmically ready to learn.
some really great ideas
Thank you! Great ideas. Liked the No Blame No Shame Policy. I look forward in trying some of these ideas in my classroom.
Full Member
I appreciated a different approach to helping students develop empathy. I see the benefits of Solution Seeking versus using shaming, rhetorical questions. The No Blame No Shame Policy was awesome. I look forward to trying these strategies with my students.
Basic Member
Wonderful ideas that I look forward to trying!
Good information! I loved the specific examples of what to do and what not to do when working on empathy with young children. It is very easy just to say "How would you feel if....." and this gave much better ways to help the students. Thank you!
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