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"Rather than just teaching

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"Rather than just teaching empathy..." Absolutely agree Rey, however; I would add that it must be done in an authentic context. If the school retains all real power in the hands of the adults, real opportunities to practice empathy will be lost. When a School Meeting within a Free School takes into consideration the nuances of all the individuals involved in a conflict, there are real opportunities to engage in and apply empathy which otherwise do not exist. Empathy within the confines of a power structure are certainly possible, but it does arguably create a box.

Hal teaches teachers how to be more effective and person centered

I'd be happy to explore this

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I'd be happy to explore this with you. My regular email is: halcyon@yahoo.com

Happy new year!

Hal

Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy

Hi Hal, I'd like to see if I

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Hi Hal,
I'd like to see if I could interview you about your book. see
Invitation to be interviewed by Edwin Rutsch
Dialogs on How to Build a Culture of Empathy
http://bit.ly/y8WS7V
Warmly,
Edwin
Edwin Rutsch
Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
edwinrutsch@gmail.com

Hal teaches teachers how to be more effective and person centered

Bravo on this post!! In our

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Bravo on this post!! In our new book, On Becoming an Effective Teacher -- Carl Roger's last book -- co-authored with Rogers, Reinhard Tausch (who gave us his research chapter on Empathy just before he died this year), and me, we present the largest field studies ever done on Effective teaching (in 42 States and 7 countries by Dave Aspy and Flora Roebuck) showing that the three most important traits for the most effective teaching are Empathy, Caring (Rogers called it "Prizing"), and Genuineness: http://www.routledge.com/education/articles/routledge_education_author_o...
The book is available here: http://deepwaterspress.com/www.deepwaterspress.com/New_Book_in_2013%21.html

Empathy was found to be even more important that competence in the subject matter!

Here's to Empathy!

Hal Lyon

One of the best ways to put

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One of the best ways to put empathy into practice in schools is through the creation of a peer helping program where students learn how to demonstrate empathy to each other and deal with real-life concerns. Rather than just teaching empathy, a school with a peer helping program, gives students a chance to practice empathy on a daily basis. Peer helping also builds on the natural tendency students have to help each other.

Pre-school teacher from Phoenix, AZ

Choosing to move to another

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Choosing to move to another country to build you empathy, and allow yourself to become more culturally aware, is an amazingly brave and selfless choice. I admire you for your choice, and wish more teachers displayed that kind of dedication to their craft. I can imagine how much better a teacher you have become by allowing yourself to step outside of your comfort zone, and view the world from your student’s perspective. I would be interested to learn more about your experience, and what it was like to be immersed in a culture in which you were completely unfamiliar. The understanding you can now have of your students has truly reached a new level. Now, rather than being merely sympathetic, you are truly empathetic of their feelings. I honestly believe empathy is one of the more important tools in enhancing one’s diversity consciousness. While the skills you have learned by moving abroad have helped you be a better teacher, they will no doubt assist you in being a better employee, daughter, friend, and person, as those skills will spill over into every aspect of your life. Again, thank you for you sacrifice, and your service, you are truly an amazing person.

Second grade ELL Teacher in Istanbul, Turkey

Before I moved abroad, I was

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Before I moved abroad, I was teaching ELL in the U.S. Whereas I truly cared about my students and wanted them to advance in their English language abilities, I could not relate to what it felt like to be in their shoes. One of the major reasons behind me moving abroad to teach ELL was to gain the empathy I needed to become a better teacher for my students. Living abroad in a new country, trying to learn a new language, and being immersed in another culture, has brought me to new heights in my teaching and a forming a stronger connection with my students.
Since my students are all of the same ethnicity, my goal is to show them what it means to be empathetic. I will print out the poster you mentioned above and keep it in the teacher's room at school. Thanks to all the extra resources from the comments on your post, I will be able to have a better understanding of how to present this to my students.

Education Researcher

See my article at

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See my article at http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11256-013-0262-5 on applying empathy.

Special Education Teacher 1-4

With all of the great

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With all of the great information provided here it gives me some ideas on how to assist one of my students in the classroom. Thank you

Community Manager at Edutopia

I very much believe that

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I very much believe that empathy is a source of strength. Instead of clouding an issue, it provides clarity about what's important, what's at stake, and what may be influencing the individuals involved. I love these ideas for working out the empathy muscle. Emotional fitness is just as important as physical fitness.

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