Rationale

Empathy skills are a necessary component in conflict resolution and in maintaining positive friendships. Putting oneself “in another’s shoes” can often provide a new and more compassionate perspective. “When we teach compassionate listening to students, we foster belonging, inclusion, and learning in the classroom” (https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_listen_with_compassion_in_the_classroom).

Testimonials From the Field-Test

Benefits for Educators:

Benefits for Students:

Pay It Forward

Division: All
Purpose: This activity will build empathy and compassion by encouraging students to notice good qualities in others, and reinforcing that kindness so that their peers feel valued.

Walking in Your Shoes

Division: All
Purpose: To help students identify ways to be more understanding and compassionate towards others.

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