Empatico’s World Kindness Day Challenge has seen remarkable participation from classrooms worldwide. Students are actively spreading kindness through various activities, emphasizing the importance of cultural understanding and environmental care. While the main prize is for U.S. classrooms, we encourage all educators to join in this global kindness movement.
World Kindness Activity 1: Making a Promise
The “Empathy Promise” activity at Empatico helps students and teachers reflect on values that contribute to a positive school community. By creating a classroom “Empathy Promise,” we inspire actions that nurture compassion and understanding.
World Kindness Activity 2: Exploring Identity Through Poetry
In our “My Identity: Poetry Writing” activity, students engage with poems from diverse authors, learning how identity can be expressed through literature. They then write their own poems, with a coding extension for National STEM Day, sharing their perspectives creatively.
Empathy and kindness are more important than ever in our classrooms. Through the Empathy Promise and identity exploration through poetry, we aim to build a more empathetic and understanding world. We look forward to your participation in the World Kindness Day Challenge!
How Does Empathy Building Help Foster Kindness in Your Classroom?
At Empatico, we think of empathy as a multidimensional skill set that can be broken down into nine categories. Rooted in research literature from education, psychology, sociology, conflict resolution, and communication, the Empatico team devised the Empathy Framework to express our comprehensive approach to building life-long empathetic skills. The framework identifies three distinct domains of empathy: emotional, cognitive, and behavioral. There are also three levels of application or interaction: practicing empathy towards yourself, towards your community, and towards those outside of your immediate community.
To learn more about how to use the Empathy Framework to foster kindness in your classroom, or to receive a weekly newsletter with more empathy-building activities, join us at Empatico.org.
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