The importance of empathy in today’s classroom
Our world seems more divided than ever these days, and it can sometimes feel overwhelming, even hopeless. As educators, what can we do to make a difference?
As more and more of our interactions with others happen through technology, students need to learn the vital skill of empathy. It’s a skill that we can teach our students to help them thrive both in the classroom and the world.
In the past weeks, we’ve discussed some aspects of empathy you can teach to your students to help them thrive in today’s digital world:
Fake News and the Responsibility to be Digitally Literate
With fake news and alternative facts clogging the search engine results, how do our students know what’s actually true? Learning how to critically evaluate sources becomes a necessary skill for students researching for both academic and personal purposes.
Our students are being confronted with potential fake news every day. So, how do you continue to have these conversations with your students?
Respectfully Disagreeing as a Resilient Citizen
As our classrooms transition to more technologically rich environments, students have the opportunity to connect not only with classmates, but people around the world. As connections span across different countries, cultures, and languages, students need to learn the skills to be effective digital communicators.
We already hold our students accountable for what they say in the physical world, but what about the digital one? With the wide variety of online forums and social media, students now need to learn how to be held accountable in both.
Breaking Down Classroom Walls to Build Bridges
With the advancement of technology into schools, it’s easier than ever for students to communicate and collaborate with other students across the globe. Collaborating globally can introduce students to new experiences, including people, places, and cultures.
Stepping outside of what’s familiar can help students gain empathy, which helps them not only online, but in face-to-face interactions as well. We can flatten walls for our students and offer them the globe. Students can experience the world like never before!
I encourage you to explore the blogs on these topics and to sign up for our webinar on May 25 to learn more about our course series Teaching Empathy to Unite a Divided World.