Today's resource (hat-tip to the CSO's Livia Ramos for bringing this one to light): an article on the importance of empathy in the classroom. Especially in light of recent tragedies, this is the perfect time during this Lenten season to recenter ourselves and focus on empathy with our students. One key quotation from this article: "There is no paint-by-number approach to developing and practicing empathy as a basis for living, working, and decision making in our varied schools. Still, there are outcomes that we might expect as focus shifts. Among other expectations, it is reasonable to assume that understanding, appreciating, and addressing people's feelings, needs, and perspectives could lead to more opportunities for teachers to share successes and concerns with colleagues and leaders; more collaborative relationships between teachers and parents; greater student voice; fewer incidences of bullying; and a curriculum and instructional style that foster a love for learning." I would add, our Catholic mission and educational vocation calls us to engage in this kind of empathy with our students every day.
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