Empathy

Scientists discovered empathy is a learned behavior, not an instinct or inherited behavior. The second lesson in a 12-part series focuses on teaching empathy, an important life skill. Scholars use discussion and role playing to practice recognizing emotions and displaying appropriate kindness.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign a writing prompt that asks students to reflect on a time they empathized with another person
  • Prior to beginning the series, investigate the support systems available on campus and in the community
Classroom Considerations
  • Site is based in Great Britain and may include content applicable only to GB
  • Be aware of potential triggers, such as sharing about a family pet that recently died
Pros
  • Provides extension and differentiation ideas
  • Details multiple options to personalize for teachers' needs
Cons
  • None