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Teaching Climate Change with Empathy

Climate change is a global problem that transcends national borders, causing events like extreme weather, rising sea levels, food shortages, water scarcity, and the loss of wildlife all around the world. Teaching climate change in the classroom is crucial, as it helps students understand these challenges, use critical thinking to make informed decisions about their …

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Developing Inclusive Classroom Practices During World Kindness Month

A commitment to developing an inclusive classroom takes more than a single day of curriculum. To build inclusive empathy-related skills, you and your students should make a practice of daily bite-sized activities during short classroom breaks or more involved activities weekly or monthly when you have more time during the day that build the skills …

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Creating An Inclusive Classroom Community

It sounds crazy, but current research shows that students’ academic achievements improve when social-emotional learning practices are infused throughout the school day. For example, when educators cultivate a positive and inclusive classroom environment, in which all students feel a sense of belonging and appreciation, this leads to positive outcomes around their motivation, self-efficacy, and engagement. …

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Community Spotlight: Lynette Richau

This month, we’re featuring Lynette Richau, an elementary school educator of the deaf and hard of hearing. Lynette is active member of the Empatico community, and has been an Empatico Kindness Champion as well as a participant in the Empathy Across the USA: Race and Identity program. Read on to learn more about Lynette!

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What’s new at Empatico!

Whether you have just signed up or are on your 20th exchange, we hope you check out and enjoy what’s new on the platform!

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Friendships beyond the classroom

The chaos of the morning begins. It’s 8:30. Students are arriving and beginning to unpack. As I’m walking around the room checking on students, making sure agendas are filled in and lunch count is taken, students are swarming me like flies with questions. The one question I hear over and over again is, “Are we …

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Finding the ‘path’ in empathy: Navigating student mental health with compassion, connection, and virtual exchange

“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy.”   These famous words from rapper Eminem have played over my car radio more than a couple of times in the past seventeen years since their release. But lately, I can’t help but think about how the feelings described in these lyrics plague more and more …

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