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Created by Brynn Vergouven for the 2010 KMWP Summer Institute

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  • Our experiences help us form perspectives about any given topic. But, in a world of differing ideas and ways of thinking, how can we get along and work and live together without daily conflict? Empathetic responses. Our way of seeing things from someone else’s side, and feeling the things they feel. Empathy is not Sympathy! You feel the same feelings of the other person and can identify with their feelings
  • Therefore, it is imperative that we start out with lessons on empathy at a young age to fully equip students in their later years.

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  • 1. Feeling Students’ feelings
    Brynn Vergouven
  • 2. Who I am
    Brynn Vergouven
    Substitute for Cherokee Co. Schools
    High Expectations for me AND my students
    Approachable; My students know that they can always come to me if they have questions or just need to talk.
    “WOOO!! I Graduated!.... wait, where are the jobs?!”
  • 3. Journal Prompt
    Recently, there was a No-Texting-While-Driving Law
    enacted. Are you “For” or “Against” this ruling?
    Why or why not?
    http://www.drivinglaws.org/georgia.php
  • 4. How we form a perspective and use Empathy
    Experiences
    Forming a Perspective
    How do we connect with others with a different perspective? How do we live together and think differently?
    Empathy- “Walking in someone else’s shoes”
  • 5. Inquiry Question!
    How can teaching P.O.V/persuasion develop empathy?
  • 6. Why did I choose this topic?
    • I became interested in the idea of teaching students about the importance of empathy during my internship. I worked with two groups of 5th graders, 48 students total. The students lacked any ambivalence towards each other, and the atmosphere was generally a “One for all, and all for Me” attitude. Lord help any teacher who would try to put them into groups, because a fight would ultimately break out and disrupt everyone!
    • 7. I wondered what would have happened to the group’s moral had they had better working relationships, and a healthy dose of empathy and respect for another’s perspective.
  • The What, Why, And how
    What is Empathy?
    Why do we need it?
    What are some effective teaching strategies that can be used to encourage empathy?
    How can P.O.V affect the ability to show empathy?
  • 8. What exactly is Empathy?
    Empathy can be described as “understanding what {a student} is feeling or, more properly, to understand what you would feel like if you were in {their} situation. It is an extension of self-concept, but it is far more complex. It requires an awareness that others think of themselves in ways that are both similar to and different from the way you do, and that they also have emotions they associate with those thoughts and images.” (Kutner, 1994)
    Walking in another person’s “Shoes”
  • 9. Why is it important?
    Empathy is a key component to building strong relationships with the people around us. If we lack empathetic skills, we find ourselves trapped in our own little self-centered box, and neglect the emotional states of those around us.
    The ego strength embodied in the capacity for empathy serves as a foundation for relationships and also provides a basis for coping with stress and resolving conflict. (Hatcher, 1994)
  • 10. can we teach it to students?
    Nature vs. Nurture
    The cognitive developmental literature and information on the developing brain suggest that later experiences build on earlier ones, and that patterns of functioning laid down during the early years provide the basis for later accomplishments. (Bronson, 2000)
  • 11. Different Strategies to teach empathy
    Kidshealth.org
    Wilderdom.com
    Share your own writing with your students!
    Song writing
    Oregon Teacher’s Songwriting Stirs Students Interest in Words- NWP
    Song Writing for Kids
    Poems
    Washington Post Article
    Creating Empathetic Connections to Literature-NWP
  • 12. How does P.O.V affect the ability to show empathy?
    • A recent experiment was done among medical students and their patients where the physicians co-wrote a reflective narrative WITH the patient.
    • 13. “When doctors or medical trainees reflect on their own lives in medicine and when they inspect the memories and associations triggered by their care of the sick, they become all the more available and useful to their patients. Their explicit awareness of their own feelings and experiences deepens their capacity to respond empathically to patients while their generosity toward patients can prompt them to be more generous toward themselves”
    • 14. (Charon, DaGupta, 2004)
  • The case of Little pigs vs. A. Wolf
    You are the jury selected to hear the case of Little Pigs vs. Alfred Wolf. Listen to their “testimonies” and decide your P.O.V. based on the evidence!
  • 15. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
    Three Little Pigs
    One night the big bad wolf, who dearly loved to eat fat little piggies, came along and saw the first little pig in his house of straw. He said "Let me in, Let me in, little pig or I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house in!"
    I was making a birthday cake for my dear old granny. I had a terrible sneezing cold. I ran out of sugar. So I walked down the street to ask my neighbor for a cup of sugar. Now this neighbor was a pig. And he wasn't too bright either. He had built his whole house out of straw. Can you believe it? I mean who in his right mind would build a house of straw? So of course the minute I knocked on the door, it fell right in. I didn't want to just walk into someone else's house. So I called, "Little Pig, Little Pig, are you in?" No answer. I was just about to go home without the cup of sugar for my dear old granny's birthday cake.
  • 16. But of course the wolf did blow the house in and ate the first little pig.
    That's when my nose started to itch. I felt a sneeze coming on. Well I huffed. And I snuffed. And I sneezed a great sneeze.
    And you know what? The whole darn straw house fell down. And right in the middle of the pile of straw was the First Little Pig - dead as a doornail
  • 17. I was just about to go home and maybe make a nice birthday card instead of a cake, when I felt my cold coming on. I huffed And I snuffed. And I sneezed once again.
    Then the Third Little Pig yelled, " And your old granny can sit on a pin!" Now I'm usually a pretty calm fellow. But when somebody talks about my granny like that, I go a Little crazy. When the cops drove up, of course I was trying to break down this Pig's door. And the whole time I was huffing and puffing and sneezing and making a real scene.
    The rest as they say is history.
    The wolf then came to the house of bricks. " Let me in , let me in" cried the wolf "Or I'll huff and I'll puff till I blow your house in“
    "Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin" said the pigs. Well, the wolf huffed and puffed but he could not blow down that brick house.
    But the wolf was a sly old wolf and he climbed up on the roof to look for a way into the brick house. The little pig saw the wolf climb up on the roof and lit a roaring fire in the fireplace and placed on it a large kettle of water. When the wolf finally found the hole in the chimney he crawled down and KERSPLASH right into that kettle of water and that was the end of his troubles with the big bad wolf.
  • 18. Guided Questions
    • How are the two versions of the story alike? How are they different?
    • 19. Which version of the story do you think is true? Why?
    • 20. How can you figure out which version is the correct one?
    • 21. Is it possible to determine if one is the truth? Why or why not?
    • 22. Have you ever disagreed with somebody about something that happened? Did you figure out what really happened?
    • 23. What can we do when we have two versions of an event? How can we figure out which one, if either, is true?
  • The case of “little Pigs” vs. “A. Wolf”
  • 24.
  • 25.
  • 26. Writing Activity
    You have heard both sides of the case that covered the trial “Little Pigs vs. A. Wolf,” describing how the trial is going.
    Your job is write a letter to the Judge, trying to explain your perspective ( P.O.V) as to whether A. Wolf should be cleared of all charges or spend time in jail!
    Be sure to use examples
    from the story.
  • 27. Books you could use for older students
    Wicked
    Walk Two Moons
    Number the Stars
    When Will This Cruel War Be Over? The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson
    Breaking Dawn
  • 28. Alternative writing activity
    Choose one of your favorite fairytales. Write the fairy tale from the perspective of another character.
  • 29. Ticket out of the Door
    What are 2-3 strategies that you learned about in this presentation that you could implement in your classroom?