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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Social and Emotional Learning-- How Do You Feel About That?
Empathy starts with putting yourself in someone else's shoes -- a key
step in understanding perspectives that differ from your own. This isn't
just a nice thing to do; it's an essential, active skill. It's
foundational to embracing differences, building relationships, gaining a
global perspective, conducting richer and deeper analysis, and
communicating more effectively.
As a further suggestion, living through literature creates empathy, such
as journeying through 'The Story of My Life' by Helen Keller. All
literature, and poetry, can serve this purpose.
We know that a child who masters empathy
at the age of six is less likely to bully ten years later, and that, for
students, having one supportive relationship with an adult outside the
family can be the difference between success and failure as an adult.
As educators, we need to
support opportunities to be the 'one supportive adult relationship'
outside the home through clubs, tutoring, sports, in-class
support--however we can create a productive bond with a student to
provide emotional support for healthy development. We need to 'be there'
for the kids.
Why educators must help students develop the skills to manage
their emotions, resolve conflicts nonviolently, and make responsible
schools provide students (and teachers) with insight and support to develop empathy
thus limiting bullying and violence to the end of growing tolerance,
camaraderie and global teamwork? We surely must try.
It's Time for Social and Emotional Learning for All