If you could teach all kids empathy, tolerance, and compassion, wouldn't teaching all things be easier? Bullying prevention and character building programs are deepening our awareness of how today’s kids struggle and how we might help, but many agree: They aren’t enough to create school cultures where students and staff flourish. This inspired Angela Stockman and Ellen Feig Gray to begin seeking out systems and educators who were getting things right.
Read it today—fix it tomorrow
Their experiences taught them that the real game changers are using a human-centered approach. Inspired by other design thinkers, many teachers are creating learning environments where seeking a greater understanding of themselves and others is the highest standard. They’re also realizing that compassion is best cultivated in the classroom, not the boardroom or the auditorium. It’s here that we learn how to pull one another close. It’s here that we begin to negotiate the distances between us, too.
Ready to begin but uncertain how? Here’s what you’ll find inside:
- Protocols that inspire strengths-focused teaching and learning
- Tools for starting hard conversations, coaching critical questioning, and sustaining respectful communication
- Experiential learning models that improve school culture
- Approaches that encourage activism while enabling people to resolve conflicts peacefully
- Design thinking strategies that empower human-centered decision-making
Compassionate classrooms are built one learner at a time. Be that learner. It’s time.
About the Author
She enjoys helping other school and community leaders design, launch, and sustain similar spaces within and beyond the four walls of their schools. Angela has taught at the graduate level, she has supervised student teachers, and she has lea curriculum and assessment design initiatives inside of multiple university departments. She also works with business and nonprofit leaders to craft and share meaningful narratives about the organizations they serve. You may find Angela on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. She also blogs in her own space: www.angelastockman.com.
Ellen Feig Gray began her career forty years ago as developmental psychology researcher, and since then has been applying relevant findings from positive psychology, communications, and the science of happiness and well-being, to support parents and others who raise and educate children and teens. She has used her expertise to advocate for young people in various ways, including developing policies and practices for television broadcasts, advertising guidelines, marketing communications campaigns, as well as working with nonprofit organizations. As founder of Parent with Perspective she provides practical wisdom and expert advice, through coaching, workshops, talks, blog posts and articles. Connect with Ellen at www.parentwithperspective.com and on Twitter @EllenFeigGray.
Table of Contents
One Learner, One Teacher, One Classroom at a Time
Hack 1: Grow Your Own 14
Developing Self-Compassion First
Hack 2: Seek Diverse Perspectives 33
Hack 3: Craft Your Classroom Culture 49
Shaping Attitudes, Values, Beliefs, and Behaviors
Hack 4: Distinguish Blame from Response Ability 66
Hack 5: Extinguish Shame 80
Hack 6: Design Curriculum that Cultivates Compassion 97
Beginning with Empathy
Hack 7: Embrace Experiential Instruction 111
Living Our Learning
Hack 8: Teach Them to Talk Back 125
Coaching Critical Questioning Skills
Hack 9: Inspire Activism 138
Teaching for Social Justice
Hack 10: Resolve Conflicts 151
Restoring Compassion with Protocols
Be the Change
Other books in the Hack Learning Series 171
Hack Learning Resources 187
About the Authors 188