empathy

January 4, 2018
Empathy isn’t just a quality – it’s a skill that can be learned. Here’s an activity to help students practice their empathy skills.   Empathy is a popular word these days. Politicians, talk show…
April 18, 2017
Once your students have identified their personal anger triggers, have them share those triggers with each other. This can foster empathy, increase students' awareness of themselves and others, and…
March 27, 2017
  To the Teacher:     Over the past few years, transgender (trans) people have gained public visibility. We’ve seen more trans characters in movies and on television, sometimes played by trans…
December 5, 2016
Opening Ceremony Begin the lesson with this mindfulness activity. Get comfortable in your seat. Sit up straight. Put both feet down, soles connecting to the floor. Rest your hands in your lap.…
November 18, 2016
    To the Teacher:   The election has brought up strong feelings for many students, and, created tension in some schools. This activity aims to help students create a classroom and school…
November 18, 2016
  To the Teacher: The election has brought up strong feelings for many students, and, created tension in some schools. This activity aims to help students create a classroom and school community…
July 8, 2016
When upsetting things happen in the world, it can be very helpful to give young people a chance to share their feelings and thoughts about it. While we adults may be tempted to avoid bringing up…
November 2, 2013
It's finally happened: The axe has fallen on fiction at school. Leafing through the English Language Arts (ELA) syllabus at my daughter's middle school this fall, I saw lots of non-fiction:  issues…
November 19, 2012
 To the teacher   As the holidays approach, many people are looking forward to spending time with family and friends and sharing in the joys of the season. It is easy to take for granted that…
February 14, 2012
by Marieke van Woerkom Objectives Students will: Explore diversity and what it means to have a welcoming classroom environment Define the terms "prejudice" "stereotype" and "discrimination"…