Building Empathy in Classrooms and Schools

To build an empathic mindset, here are a few concrete actions every teacher can take:

Read stories from the perspective of characters similar to your students. Ask your students to share their favorite literature, whether it aligns to the current curriculum, or not. This can remind teachers of the thoughts, perspectives, and worries influencing students every day. Middle and high school teachers: Read Young Adult literature. Elementary teachers: Read the books your students love from the classroom library. Be intentional about choosing diverse literature that reflects the diversity of your classroom.

Follow a student schedule for a day. 

Survey students frequently.


 By Brianna Crowley & Barry Saide