Empathy in the Classroom

Educators inherently know that empathy is important to the operation of their classrooms and the success of their students. Educators must meet the needs of each of their students, no matter their background. At the core of this educational mission is the teacher's ability to empathize with these students, moving beyond the teacher's perspective to those of the children he or she encounters. Beyond this there is also the argument that empathy itself should be a goal of education; students should leave the classroom or school environment equipped with skills to build meaningful relationships with their peers. This section contains an argument for empathy in the classroom, lessons and resources on how to build an empathic classroom and how to teach empathy skills to students, a discussion of assessment, and theorists and theories impacting empathy in education.