July 2, 2018

Education theorist and psychologist David A. Kolb, Ph.D defines learning as "the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience." In his view, "learning is a continuous process grounded in experience."

As a parent, I repeatedly witnessed f...

May 21, 2018

When Angela and I began discussing compassionate classrooms, we immediately thought of how many of us have a tendency to suffer from "compassion fatigue" -- a common syndrome that many teachers, parents, and other caregivers experience. We all know well the exhaustion...

May 16, 2018

Read along with us, and share your thinking as you do. Gain access to practical tools and resources that can help you lead this work in classrooms, too.

March 19, 2018

Last week, I suggested that distinguishing responsibility from response ability enables teachers to attend to their students' diverse needs without weighing themselves down in shame and blame and problems whose solutions they may have no influence over.

Instead, respon...

March 14, 2018

"I have a real concern about the way these kids treat each other," he said. We were gathered in the school library for another conversation about the bullying issues bubbling up in the intermediate school. "They put each other down. They talk to others as if they're ig...

March 12, 2018

In the classroom, Angela has used Empathy Mapping to help students and teachers put themselves in each other’s shoes and to better understand what others feel, see, hear, say, and do in certain contexts. Angela has also used exercises like Human Affinity Mapping to he...

March 5, 2018

The Parkland kids are applying the skills and dispositions they have learned and practiced since they were young children to address the most pressing crisis of their generation.

February 26, 2018

The other day I ran into a mom of a 9-year-old on my lunchtime walk. She had taken one of my parent workshop series so she knew I was passionate about empathy building at home and at school, and that I had been co-writing a book about compassionate classrooms.

“I need y...

February 21, 2018

Compassionate classrooms help students become increasingly sensitive to the many faces of privilege.

I was thinking about this as I watched The Life of Privilege Explained in a $100 Race, embedded in Angela's last post. What if that entire class were made up of kids who...