Bullying. Zero tolerance policy. Targeting on social media. School violence.
These are words commonly heard in education today. As teachers, we spend a great deal of time in staff development and training, learning how to combat these issues. We learn how to recognise signs of bullying, and teach responsible social media habits. But what if we took a different approach? What if we started by explicitly teaching empathy in the classroom?
By teaching students these skills in an authentic, applicable way, will they see each other differently? It’s worth finding out. With so many curricular and time restraints on teachers, how can we be expected to explicitly teach empathy in a meaningful way?
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