1. Cynthia Gordon

    I found these ideas very intriguing. Empathy, is a quality that is I believe is crucial to develop and foster in students in order that they become responsible citizens, but I had not reflected on the benefits that it would have in the teaching aspect. The referenced article “Innovation, Empathy, and Introspection” explains empathy “happens when you haven’t had a certain kind of experience, but you can combine bits of your imaginative memory to explore what it would be like.” In Ontario, the focus of the Early Learning Kindergarten Program ties in very well with the concepts of innovation and empathy. Educators focus on student inquiry in a play-based environment. I completed a performance appraisal for an Early Childhood Educator this week and spoke with her about the benefits of approaching learning from the child’s perspective, which in effect, is the empathy piece. If we look at learning from the point of view of the students, we have an opportunity to further develop their curiosity and desire to learn, which can only have a positive impact on their educational experiences.

  2. Amy Elsen

    If one doesn’t use empathy in teaching you will not connect with your students. We need to know them, what motivates them to learn, their strengths and weaknesses. As a continuous learner, I think that often, and hear that often, from my peers as well. Never enough time for putting all this new learning in place. empathy is an important lifelong skill to be aware of for all ages of learners!

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