Our college classrooms are filled with young adults, ready and eager to go out into the world and make a difference. Do we help them develop the skill sets they need to achieve that goal? We certainly try to give them the academic basis for success, and we acknowledge that it takes more than that to prepare them to play an active role as a leader and a member of the community. Mindful pedagogy includes the importance of empathy and gratitude, so how can we create school environments that teach empathy and gratitude as leadership skills?
You may be familiar with TED Talks, a series of short yet powerful talks on various innovative and inspiring ideas. TED-Ed talks are specifically aimed at teachers and students. Here is a short video from Chris Muller describing some unexpected ideas of gratitude and how we can encourage empathy in the classroom through activism. It’s certainly something to think about.
If you’d like to learn more about Chris Muller click this link: https://www.aaieinstitute.org/about/institute-team/chris-muller/