Learning Through Empathy
How might you approach a challenge with empathy? How might this lead you to greater learning and growth?
For years, Nashoba Brooks School has embraced the research of Dr. Richard Weissbourd and the work of Making Caring Common. Their work on building healthy, connected, and thriving learning communities for youth has informed and inspired our work. And, with empathy as one of our five core values, it is really no surprise that this piece on building empathy in school communities would capture our attention. The article notes that
When young people have empathy, they display:
More classroom engagement
Higher academic achievement
Better communication skills
Lower likelihood of bullying
Less aggressive behaviors and emotional disorders
More positive relationships
As we model, teach, and practice empathy, we realize that it is inextricably linked to our other core values of inclusivity, collaboration, integrity, and resilience. As we gain perspective on ourselves and others, we challenge ourselves to explore, question, learn, and grow at new levels. How might you approach a challenge with empathy? How might this lead you to greater learning and growth?
Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School enrolls all genders in Preschool through Grade 3, and students identifying as girls in Grades 4 through 8. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school designed to build community, character, and confidence in its students.