Teaching Empathy

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Aug. 7, 2020, 8:17 a.m.

Teaching Empathy

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Taking time to talk about empathy through read alouds, role playing, and discussions will help students be mindful of others. When we teach kids to have gratitude, we are in turn teaching them to be empathetic. Thinking of others is so important in life and we must actively model this for our students. This year I am planning on implementing a gratitude time by having an "I'm grateful for..." time of day to talk and write about one thing they are grateful for each day to share with peers.

Great Books for Teaching Empathy

  • Eggbert, the Slightly Cracked Egg
  • Giraffes Can't Dance
  • Hey, Little Ant
  • Wonder
  • Chrysanthmum
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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Kelly Harmon & Associates began in 2001 with a mission of instructional coaching and providing rich literacy resources for educators and parents. Our work incorporates research-based best practices for teaching and learning.

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