Empathy is a timely Big Idea and one worthy of deep investigation. There is a general sense that we need more empathy in schools, workplaces, communities, and politics. The reason why empathy is a good Big Idea is a lack of common understanding and disagreement about how far it should extend. It is easy to say that everyone needs to be more empathetic and much more difficult to implement and sustain.
The challenge for this week is to think deeply about empathy, learn about it from all angles, reflect on our personal experiences and with this knowledge develop sustainable solutions. Too often we do not take the time to do the necessary investigation, even at the level of developing a common vocabulary before we implement solutions. In order for us to develop and sustain a culture of empathy, we need to do the necessary work.
Big Idea: Empathy
Essential Question: How do we build empathy in our community?
Challenge: Create a culture of empathy?
Sample Guiding Questions
These are only example questions we encourage you to ask as many personal and contextual questions as possible.
*Once you brainstorm all of the questions organize and prioritize them.
Guiding Activities and Resources
These are only a set of example activities and resources and the learners will need to evaluate the quality of the content. They are not verified or necessarily supported, just examples. The ones that you choose should be in direct relationship to your specific guiding questions and context. Activities and resources for adults, adolescents, and younger children will be different. The goal is to develop solutions that mean something in your community and are sustainable.
Using the research findings from your Investigations develop a synthesis that demonstrates a clear understanding of the challenge
Solution Prototypes – Using your research synthesis create multiple ideas for solutions and review each one to make sure your research supports it. Share the prototypes with various stakeholders and get feedback.
Solution – with the feedback from the stakeholders develop one solution that has the most potential for success.
Implement – Develop a plan to implement the solution with the stakeholders and collect data about the impact.
Evaluate – Using quantitative and qualitative measures determine if the solution is valid and what can be improved.
Throughout the experience take time to document the events and reflect on what is happening to build on prior knowledge and identify future questions.
Share what you learned with your local community and the world. Use #CBLWorld on social media.