We understand the power of empathy. It can help us find a sense of belonging. It can help us cross boundaries in reaching those around us. It can help us process our past pain and understand the struggles of others.
Surely, such a powerful attitude should never be taken for granted where our students are concerned. Here are resources to help them investigate it.
Resource #1: Scarlett, by the STUDIO NYC
Resource #2: The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
Resource #3: If We Could See Inside Others’ Hearts
Resource #4: Empathy by Brene Brown
What is empathy like?
What is empathy not like?
What is the relationship between empathy and connection?
What are the different perspectives on a empathy?
How does a person’s ability to feel empathy change?
I remember receiving a box of laminated cut-outs to display in my classroom which were intended to help remind us about our goals as teachers and learners using the International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Programme — specifically, the 5 Essential Elements of the PYP.
Use of these cutouts went about as well as my feeble attempts to use Key Concepts questions (read that story here — fortunately, it does have happy ending).
In retrospect, I realize that my mind was in such a frenzy trying to “get it together” as a new teacher, I never had the quiet time necessary to sit and process in its entirety this more subtle approach to teaching and learning.
As I’ve continued to reflect on my experiences at a PYP school, and on inquiry in general, I’ve come to better glimpse how and why all five of these elements truly are essential. This week’s provocation is intended as an investigation on where they come into play for learners. (I will also plan on designing additional provocations based on individual essential elements in the future!)
Resource #1: The Potter, video by Josh Burton
Resource #2: Soar by Alyce Tzue via The CGBros
What is the connection between a growth mindset and these essential elements?
Why are concepts, skills, knowledge, attitudes, and action necessary for learning? What would happen if one element was missing?