Lately, because of some classroom incidents, I’ve been thinking about ways to help students build empathy. I’ve begun reading, and collecting, related resources, and invite readers to contribute more.

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Here’s what I have so far:

Animated videos help teachers build sense of empathy in students is from Ed Source. I’m not a big fan of Class Dojo (see Best Posts On “Motivating” Students), but the videos might be useful

Building Empathy in Classrooms and Schools is from Ed Week Teacher and is by By Brianna Crowley & Barry Saide.

The Seven Best Short Films to Promote Empathy in ELT is from Kieran Donaghy.

Barack Obama and the ’empathy deficit’ is from The Guardian.

Understanding How Children Develop Empathy is from The New York Times.

Empathy vs. sympathy is from The Grammarist.

A Look Back: “Mr. Ferlazzo, I Need My Post-It, Too”

The Business Case for Reading Novels is from The Harvard Business Review. It reviews research on the role of reading fiction in helping people develop empathy.

Developing Empathy is from Teaching Tolerance.

How Images Trigger Empathy is from The Atlantic.
This Is Real: Building Empathy in Times of Trauma is by Christina Torres at Ed Week.

The Power of Empathy from Gobblynne on Vimeo.

And here are some related useful links:

The science of empathy—and why some people have it less than others is from Quartz.

Study Finds That Empathetic Teachers Enhance Student Motivation – Is Anyone Surprised?

Here’s how to raise a child to be sympathetic is from The Conversation.

Can an Increase in Empathy Lead to a Drop in Suspensions? is from Ed Week.

Empathy is key to political persuasion, shows new research is from Science Daily.

Angela Duckworth shared this video on Twitter.

Even though it’s set in a hospital, it would be an excellent introduction to a lesson and then ask students how they could relate it to school:

New Study Finds Connection Between Empathy & Self-Control

Guest Post: What ELLs Taught Our School In A Week-Long Empathy Project

Good NY Times Piece On Empathy’s Role In School Discipline

The Role Of Empathy In Classroom Management

The Importance Of Everyday Empathy


Why Intentionally Building Empathy Is More Important Now Than Ever is from MindShift.

Calls for racial justice gained steam with empathy is from The Washington Post.

The Trouble With Empathy appeared in The NY Times.

How Reading Fiction Increases Empathy and Encourages Understanding is from Discover.

This empathy exercise might help you bridge some divides is from The Washington Post.