chapter  4
12 Pages

Incorporate Empathy

Learning empathy involves mastering three essential skills: Recognizing feelings in others, learning to listen, and expressing understanding. Since one of an educator's major goals is to have high academic achievement for all students, one must look at how empathy plays into that desired outcome. Empathy or being empathic is becoming more widely studied for its potential benefits to student achievement, health, relationships, compassion. There have been research findings that suggest that teachers' empathy with their pupils has a positive impact on achievement and attitude to learning. Creating cultures that are inclusive is extremely important in helping students to feel connected. Creating a school environment that affords continuous opportunities to be empathic will help empathy become second nature. It is emotional literacy that opens the door to empathy, allowing people to see situations from another's perspective and to understand their feelings. Some experts in the field of emotional literacy have come to the conclusion that empathy can alleviate bullying.