Unit to be taught over a seven week period
The first two sessions are longer, whereas the other lessons are short
Session One (longer session):
What is empathy? How do we act empathetically?
- What is empathy? Children to record their initial thoughts on Socrative and submit to the teacher (initial assessment).
- Explore: What is the difference between empathy kindness and sympathy? What key words or phrases are useful when we talk about ourselves or others with empathy? Watch videos and look at videos on the IWB together that link with and introduce each of these questions. Discuss as a class.
- Children to record their key words that relate to empathy on Socrative.
- CT to copy all of the words into a Wordle and display for the class to see on the IWB.
- Use the image to further discuss the key questions and record as a mind map to reach a shared understanding.
- Explain that the classroom is our shared safe space where we act with kindness. During this topic we will practice thinking and acting empathetically to spread our safe space beyond the classroom walls – both online and offline.
Session Two (longer session):
How do we stay safe online? Why do people blog?
- Watch Creative Commons videos to introduce Digital Citizenship, digital footprints and staying safe online.
- How can we keep safe on social media? How can we help others to stay safe? How can we manage our digital footprints? How can I share my interests and skills with others? How can we help others?
- Discuss these questions and explore further with Creative Commons media.
- Break into small teams and record thoughts about each key area on shared Padlets. Each group will get a chance to add to every topic area.
- Stage a final discussion and devise a list of key class rules. Show the class the blog and add the class rules here.
How do we add our views to a blog? How do we comment on the posts of others effectively?
- Recap learning of the last two sessions.
- Children to access the Seesaw blog and set up their profiles. To post their first blog: what do they think empathy is? Teach if necessary.
- Show the children how to comment effectively and introduce a selection of useful/empathetic sentence starters (add to blog). Children to comment on each other’s definitions.
- Draw attention to superb examples. Why is this comment so good?
N.B. Now the children will regularly upload their work in other subjects and will comment on each other’s work. This understanding of how to interact online will thus continue throughout the year and become routine. It will also be important to help these skills to transfer offline and into the daily interactions of the class.
Why is being positive about yourself and others important? How does it link with kindness, compassion and empathy?
- Children to give a fellow student a ‘shout out’ on the blog. They can choose their method, e.g. create a video shout out (vlog style), audio file, scribed photograph, digital art, etc. To coach students with this free choice and with the applicable iPad apps.
Options: Camera, Book Creator, Strip Designer, Explain Edu, Voice Recorder
- Upload to the blog and all to read.
- Discuss: how did that make the receiver/giver feel?
- Children to complete a gratitude task – to again have a free choice to digitally create something that they are thankful for. Add to blog again.
- Reflect: why is being positive about yourself and others important? How does it link with kindness, compassion and empathy?
What kind of affect would speaking negatively have if online? Is it any different to such comments offline? Can you put yourself in their shoes?
Can you put yourself in the shoes of a character from a book? How can we debate effectively online?
- Chn to create and engage in discussions based on characters from the current studies in English lessons, based on the text Jemmy Button. E.g. should Jemmy leave his home? Is the button a fair trade?
- Children to post their opinions based on the debate and reply to the comments of others. CT to monitor the language used in the debate and how it is led by the students themselves. Stage discussion points along the way to discuss how we can interact with kindness and empathy.
- Afterwards, debrief about how the discussions went, and potential improvements for next time.
Session Six and Seven:
How can we collaborate with others globally? How can we act empathetically? Why is empathy important in this context?
- Session to follow separate resources and plan from Empatico: https://empatico.org/activities - see ‘Get to know you’, ‘Helping hands’ and ‘Our local landmarks’.