El año pasado fue uno de muchos cambios y nuevas experiencias. Después de reflexionar sobre el año 2021, Empatico está emocionado de comenzar el 2022 con más oportunidades para aprender, conectar con el mundo y difundir alegría.
Para ayudar a los estudiantes a reflexionar sobre las experiencias del año pasado y a celebrar el comienzo del nuevo año, hemos creado una Misión de año nuevo como parte de La gran expedición de Empatico.
Guía a tu clase a través de una serie de actividades con el fin de establecer resoluciones de empatía para el 2022. Al participar, tus estudiantes explorarán formas nuevas y divertidas de practicar la amabilidad y la empatía a la vez que crean nuevas amistades y difunden alegría en sus salones de clase. ¿Qué mejor manera hay de comenzar el nuevo año escolar?
Para unirse a nosotros en esta misión, lleva a cabo estas 5 actividades con tus estudiantes:
Reflexionando sobre nuestro año: Comienza la misión invitando a tus estudiantes a reflexionar sobre sus sentimientos y experiencias del año pasado y sus esperanzas para el 2022 usando una plantilla de Wakelet.
Practicando el bienestar: Con una plantilla de Book Creator, los estudiantes reflexionarán sobre la importancia de practicar la bondad hacia ellos mismos y establecerán metas para convertir sus reflexiones en acción.
Corazones de empatía: En esta actividad, creada en colaboración con Six Seconds, los estudiantes explorarán cómo pueden practicar la empatía en su día a día.
Agentes secretos de la bondad: Invita a los estudiantes a participar en una misión secreta para realizar actos de bondad y compasión en su comunidad escolar.
Resoluciones de empatía: Terminen la Misión de año nuevo estableciendo resoluciones de empatía para el próximo año escolar utilizando una plantilla de Flipgrid.
Feliz año nuevo de parte de todos nosotros en Empatico. ¡Estamos muy emocionados de escuchar todo lo que aprenden a través de esta Misión de año nuevo!
Start your 2022 with our New Year’s Quest!
By Ioanna Moriatis
Last year was a roller coaster of change and new experiences. After reflecting on last year’s journey, Empatico is excited to start the new year with more opportunities to spread joy, learn and connect.
To help kids reflect on last year’s experiences and celebrate the new year, we’re ringing in 2022 with a New Year’s Quest through the Great Empatico Expedition! Lead your class through a series of activities that culminate in a resolution-setting exercise to help themset kindness goals for the year. Your students can find new, fun ways to practice kindness and empathy while sparking joy in the classroom and helping them build new friendships.
To join us on this quest, guide your students through these 5 activities:
Empathy Hearts: In this activity created in partnership with Six Seconds, students can uncover what practicing empathy in their day-to-day lives looks like.
Secret Kindness Agents: This activity invites students on a mission to secretly complete kind acts and express their appreciation for members of their school community!
Empathy Resolutions: Wrap up your quest by setting empathy resolutions for the coming year with this activity featuring a Flipgrid template.
This is only the beginning of a new set of adventures through the Great Empatico Expedition, so keep an eye out as we announce new quests in the coming months! For any questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. From all of us at Empatico, Happy New Year! We’re so excited to hear about what you learn on your New Year’s Quests!
5 Days of Kindness: World Kindness Week 2021
By Ioanna Moriatis
Empathy Explorers, the adventure continues! With World Kindness Week coming up, we would like to share a special way to infuse more kindness into your classroom.
We all know that practicing kindness and compassion is more important than ever to help students connect with one another and build the social-emotional skills needed to succeed. This year, in celebration of World Kindness Week, we’re offering teachers small ways to help build a kinder world with 5 Days of Kindness!
5 Days of Kindness takes classrooms on a special journey through the Great Empatico Expedition, featuring activities that, when threaded together, can help educators guide their students in understanding what kindness looks like, why it’s important, and how they can practice kindness toward others in their everyday lives!
5 Days of Kindness includes 5 easy activities that build upon one another and culminate in a final virtual exchange. They were created with the support of our community of partners and integrate digital tools like Flipgrid, Wakelet, and Gimkit Ink.
We know educators have a lot on their plates so we’ve made it simple:
Sign up to be matched with a partner classroom via empatico.org.
Complete one activity from our challenge for each school day during World Kindness Week (November 8-13).
Complete a final virtual exchange with your partner class.
To express our gratitude to all of our explorers, educators who document their activities on social media and tag @empaticoorg will be entered to win a gift card for both their partner teacher and themselves.
Here’s a quick peek at the 5 Days of Kindness activities and some of the partners that have helped bring this challenge to life!
Kindness Kahoot! Quiz: Created with Kahoot!, this interactive game gives students a chance to explore different types of kindness and practice being kind with role-playing activities.
Kindness Poster: This quick activity introduces a set of skills that students can apply to help build a more compassionate and welcoming school environment.
Kind vs. Unkind Words: In this activity co-created with Connected Nation, students will reflect on the words they use to describe others and the impact they can have. This lesson also includes a Kahoot! game to reinforce students’ learning.
Compassion Poetry: Students have a chance to both learn and show off their creativity with this activity (created in partnership with the Merrills Edu) by writing acrostic poems all about the types of kind actions they can do for others.
Ripples of Kindness: To wrap up 5 Days of Kindness, students will share a story of an act of kindness they experienced and how it shaped them.
For any questions, feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com. Happy World Kindness Week, and good luck Empathy Explorers! We can’t wait to hear about your 5 Days of Kindness adventures.
Step Up Your Learning Through Summer Reading!
By Ioanna Moriatis
Searching for Inspiration for Your Summer Reading?
It’s not too late to add some good reads to your list! With many schools around the world now well into their summer vacations, we know that children and teachers alike are already making their way through their summer reading lists. Beyond stimulating students’ imaginations and creativity, books can help children form social connections and improve their empathy skills and engage in conversations around important themes like diversity, social justice, and activism. Reading can even build students’ strength and resilience by encouraging reflection on challenging times— something school communities need now more than ever before.
For those of you still putting your lists together—or starting your search for titles for the new school year early—we thought we would pull together some suggestions and resources, drawing from our incredible community of Empatico educators, friends, and partners, to help you infuse some opportunities for SEL into your summer!
Empathy- and Connection-Building Across Differences
You might have heard that we recently wrapped up our first Empathy Across the USA: Race and Identity program focused on cultivating students’ social awareness, creating opportunities for bridge-building, and promoting student-led civic engagement. Throughout the program, classrooms across the USA read books to spark reflection on the value of diversity, friendship, and cross-racial understanding. Some classrooms even engaged in book exchanges with their partner classes to explore these themes together!
Here are a few of the titles students enjoyed during the program:
Participants in Empathy Across the USA love these books!
Social Justice and Changemaking
In the past year and a half, speaking up and leading change has become more important than ever, and this movement toward change-making isn’t limited to adults. Children and teens can find ways to raise their voices and take steps toward building a better world by engaging in a diversity of causes!
Reading can inspire students interested in creating change in their local communities or even those looking for ways to make an impact on a larger scale. This summer, some of our friends and partners have shared many helpful resources for teachers and parents curating summer reading lists for their classrooms.
Our friends at Teaching for Change previously launched SocialJusticeBooks.org, sharing more than 50 book lists that feature multicultural books and titles delving into social justice for students and educators. For middle school teachers hoping to motivate their classes to take action, Edutopia has put together this list of titles exploring different themes under the umbrella of activism. Common Sense Media has also highlighted book recommendations for students of all ages starting on a path of activism here.
Even over the summer, when many students are outside of the classroom, reading doesn’t have to be an individual experience. Teachers and parents can encourage children and young adults to join or form reading groups to identify and think critically through themes of social justice in collaboration with their peers. Learning for Justice has crafted this guide covering the value of this approach to reading and the steps students, educators, and parents can take to start building reading groups in their communities.
Learning Opportunities for Educators
Summer isn’t just a time for students to immerse themselves in a world of reading. We know that—in addition to taking time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation—many educators take this time to explore new titles on teaching and learning to gear up for a new school year.
Given the tough year many of us, and especially school communities, have undergone, this summer, in particular, offers the perfect time for educators to reflect, prioritize their wellbeing, and set intentions for what might be a challenging transition back into the classroom in the fall. These two lists by Edutopia include helpful suggestions of titles of interest to teachers reeling from and reflecting on a difficult year: Summer 2021 Reads for Teachers and Summer Reading During Turbulent Times.
In these challenging times, integrating SEL into the classroom experience has also become even more important. Helping students build empathy and foster meaningful connections with their teams can help students readjust to new school routines and environments in the fall and appreciate the resiliency they’ve shown in the face of obstacles over the past year. For teachers seeking to bring more SEL into the fold of their curriculum this year, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) offers this useful list of recommended titles.
More Summer Reads and Beyond
For children interested in unearthing even more themes through their summer reading, our partners at First Book have categorized their recommended titles by age, topic, genre, and even book type here. Their lists cover a range of themes, from SEL and civic engagement to empowering stories about women and girls.
Whatever the subject you might be hoping to discover through your reading, we hope these resources offer some guidance as you make your plans—and settle into a cozy reading nook—for a summer full of fun and learning. And remember, a summer reading list can never be too long! There’s always room for some spillover into the coming school year!
Already started or completed your summer reading list? Make sure to share your recommendations with us so we can spread the word!