Empathy in Action: Snapshots from a DC Classroom

Where Empathy Appears at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School

For the teachers at the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School, empathy is a powerful tool. It is fundamental to how they structure their classrooms and how they teach their students. They imagine learning from the student’s perspective, meet their students where they are, and build lessons from there. They find ways to engage their students’ inherent curiosity and guide their discoveries.

But what does that look like in practice?

By increasing our understanding of others, empathy helps us strengthen our relationships, improve our work, and start building a better world. Empathy expert Roman Krznaric has called educators to “start an empathy revolution,” and the Inspired Teaching Demonstration School community is doing just that in simple, deliberate ways. Where does empathy appear in your classroom?

By Sammy Magnuson