Empathy

How Teen Experiences Affect Your Brain for Life – Newsweek

December 24, 2010
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How Teen Experiences Affect Your Brain for Life – Newsweek

This is a great article that helped me to remember the unique situation of the students I teach every day. As research indicates, our brains are only about 80% complete by adolescence.  So many of the “adult”-like actions that we expect from teenagers, like thinking about consequences for their action, are not connected and developed…

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Empathy: It’s on the decline, how can we help?

October 3, 2010
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Empathy:  It’s on the decline, how can we help?

“College kids today are about 40 percent lower in empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago, as measured by standard tests of this personality trait.” This statement solidifies the need for teachers to develop empathy, one of Dan Pink’s aptitudes from A Whole New Mind.  How are students going to compete in…

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Lesson Plan for Avatar and Empathy

May 23, 2010
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Lesson Plan for Avatar and Empathy

There has been quite a bit of interest generated amongst my colleagues for a lesson plan using Avatar.  I plan on using an activity this week for the movie Avatar that will develop Dan Pink’s aptitude of empathy, so I thought I would share it with you. This lesson plan involves using Dr. Milton Bennett’s…

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Futurity.org – Strong racial identity intensifies empathy

May 13, 2010
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Futurity.org – Strong racial identity intensifies empathy

This article highlights some interesting research into empathy and offers a strategy that may help us develop empathy towards others. According to the research, our “ability to identify with another person dramatically changes how much we can feel the pain of another and how much we’re willing to help.” The case in point is the…

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50 Incredible, Historical Speeches You Should Watch Online | Online Universities

April 30, 2010
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50 Incredible, Historical Speeches You Should Watch Online | Online Universities

There’s no better example of story, empathy, and meaning than in a great speech.  You’ll have to forgive my inner history geek here, but this collection is a truly amazing insight into human history. The collection spans political, presidential, and cultural episodes in our history, and highlights the men and women who gave a voice…

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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

April 24, 2010
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Marzano’s Instructional Strategies and Dan Pink

This is a great site for resources on Robert Marzano’s instructional strategies. If you are familiar with Marzano, then you will find this site particularly interesting as it connects instructional technology resources with each of his strategies.  If you are not familiar with Marzano, each strategy is briefly defined so that you can implement the…

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Futurity.org – Web access alone won’t bridge digital divide

April 12, 2010
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Futurity.org – Web access alone won’t bridge digital divide

This is something that most of us would assume, but here is the data to back it up. Just providing access to the internet will not necessarily benefit students.  They must know how to use it. The study surveyed freshmen from the University of Illinois to test their “internet know-how”.  Students from lower socio-economic backgrounds…

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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Dan Pink

April 8, 2010
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Bloom’s Taxonomy and Dan Pink

I was asked once by a colleague to relate Dan Pink’s Right-Brain aptitudes to Bloom’s taxonomy.  To be honest I have always preferred to apply Bloom’s Taxonomy through the verbs that are usually associated with his work.  My colleague and I threw out as many verbs as we could remember, and I wrote them on…

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History comes alive through program at Montgomery elementary school | MyCentralJersey.com

April 6, 2010
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History comes alive through program at Montgomery elementary school | MyCentralJersey.com

Another great use of empathy in the classroom. History is an excellent medium for developing empathy.  And these New Jersey elementary students have taken it to the next level. In the first part of the project they research historical figures.  They look into their early life and careers, following the figures throughout all of their…

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Schools are friending social media | ScrippsNews

April 4, 2010
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Schools are friending social media | ScrippsNews

Empathy in math?  That’s the point of this pilot program in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Elementary students are using new math software that takes advantage of social networking.  The goal: Forcing kids to interact instead of working alone.  In other words, developing the aptitude of empathy from A Whole New Mind. Social networking has long been seen…

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