4 Ways to Teach Empathy in the Classroom

Summary:  This article reports on a curriculum that was developed to help teach empathy to young students at Solomon Schecter Day School in New Jersey.. These four ways include project-based learning, empathy maps, active listening, and design thinking.

Source:  Roberta Brandao, Education DIVE, November 27, 2018

Description:  “Empathy can be a tough concept to teach kids. First there’s the subtle difference between empathy and sympathy, which can be difficult to explain even to adults. Then there’s the elusive dictionary definition — “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.”  This begs the question: how can someone truly understand how someone else is feeling? Are some people born with this innate ability, or is it a skill that can be learned and sharpened?”

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