Empathy & Community
Lesson Objective: Learn ways to foster learning in an atmosphere of inclusiveness and empathy
All Grades / All Subjects / Culture

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Learn ways to foster learning in an atmosphere of inclusiveness and empathy.

Thought starters

  1. What immediate takeaways do you have for your own practice?
  2. What is one thing that you/we can adapt to be a more culturally responsive learning environment?
23 Comments

I teach in a diverse culture classroom and it was wonderful to see how the Principal, teachers, and students alike embraced each others' differences and were welcoming to all.  Beginning each week with singing I thought was  very positive for the students to see and it was neat to watch the Principal and staff lead this.  Also, showing empathy for others who are struggling and wanting to become US Citizens was a way to teach these students to be more empathetic to others who are not born with the same priviledges as they are.

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Some of the take away  is that the  children inter-act  with each other plus adults. We have 100 students at our program, they are put  into grade levels. We don't have very many bilingual students, parents. We do have Special Eduation student. They are put into their  grade level classes  so that they can interact with children their own age. Some times their put in with the academic  grade level for help with home work and other fun things that they are able to do.

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This video is eye opening.  Kids need that sense of belonging.  In my class I say hi to each and every student.  Some have silly hand gestures and that is my way of showing they belong and I'm glad they are there.  I would love to incorporate music in greetings.  I feel music is soothing and will help them come together regardless of how there morning starts.

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THOUGHT STARTERS

  1. What immediate takeaways do you have for your own practice?

The group gathering at the beginning of the day to establish an identity and purpose as a school  community would be a great way to begin the day.  100% of our students receive free breakfast at the school in which I am currently teaching.  Could we use this time for more than just feeding students?  Can we establish a safe space for sharing, reflecting, and reminding on the purpose for the upcoming days events. 

  1. What is one thing that you/we can adapt to be a more culturally responsive learning environment?

Bi-lingual instruction woud be fantastic to incoporate into instruction on a daily basis by content to support a multi-lingual world.  Currently instruction is provided in English and interpreters are used to translate into Spanish and, on occassion, other languages.  However, if instruction was purposefully bi-lingual, allowing for teaching in multiple languages, student connection would be improved and, hopefully, engagement and  understanding.

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      I truly enjoyed watching this video! Some of the takeaways for me were that the staff is teaching children about identity, security and a sense of community! The message that we are here to help each other and lets do this together teach children about teamwork. One thing that we can adopt from this video is to teach students how to be kind and include everyone and trust that having an inclusive community fosters a culture of respect and belonging.

 

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School Details

Castle Bridge School
560 West 169th Street
New York NY 10032
Population: 195

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Grades 6-12, All Subjects, Civic Engagement

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Next Generation Science Standards