Compassion as Our Compass
20+ Professional Learning Activities to Nurture Educator Empathy
This book demonstrates how to intentionally teach compassion. It guides teachers, leaders, administrators, counselors and school social workers on how to build strong, supportive relationships with students and each other. With helpful insights and activities, the cultivation of compassion, empathy, and inclusion can happen for all.
- Transition the professional learning lessons into lessons or activities educators can use with students.
- Address the importance of building connections with students to foster a sense of trust and safety.
- Examine the various roles educators play and ways they are called on to step up to build student rapport.
- Gain explicit directions and materials lists for facilitating activities that focus on bringing compassion to the forefront.
- Learn the challenges that high-mobility students face and the ways educators can be mindful of and address those unique challenges.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Acknowledging Trauma
Chapter 2: Creating Connections
Chapter 3: Accepting Others
Chapter 4: Understanding Our Roles
Chapter 5: Helping High-Mobility Students
Chapter 6: Increasing Caregiver Engagement
- But I Gave Him a Coat vignette
- Risks of Trauma
- Causes and Consequences of Student Trauma
- The Tennis Shoes vignette
- Eat a Good Breakfast
- When We Say All, Do We Mean All?
- Life Situation Cards
- More Alike Than Different
- Walk in My Shoes
- Judge Softly
- Unexpected Conversations
- Nonverbal Communication
- Thank You, Mr. Hutchinson vignette
- Causes of Student Mobility
- Causes of Student Mobility Activity
- Being New
- New Kid on the Block
- Paper Bag Lunches vignette
- Taking Down the Invisible Fence
- Making Magic
- Facilitator Directions for From the Outside In Activity
- Knee to Knee
- Creating a Family Room: Checklist