ERIC Number: EJ945707
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Can Kindness Be Taught?
Instructor, v120 n4 p58-63 Win 2011
There's no doubt that children's home environments have a huge impact on the kind of people they become. But so do their educational environments. A number of schools are beginning to realize it's worth it to spend the time on "soft" skills such as empathy. Even forgetting the recent scary headlines about bullying, teachers know that a classroom full of kids who relate to and understand one another can make a big difference academically. That level of trust and empathy takes time, patience, modeling, and practice to build. In this article, the author discusses how to teach students to be good to one another inside and outside the classroom. The author shares how other teachers are drawing on outside programs focused on positive interpersonal behaviors, as well as their own resources and creativity.
Descriptors: Altruism, Empathy, Interpersonal Competence, Teaching Methods, Family Environment, Educational Environment, Social Cognition, Creativity, Personality Traits, Social Development, Emotional Intelligence, Cooperation, Professional Development, Bullying, Caring, Academic Achievement
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