The Role of Compassion in Teaching
by: Eric Hess
I came across an story on edutopia.com about what was required to be a teacher. It said, “compassion, empathy, being positive, being a builder and being able to inspire. I wanted to focus on compassion. We all must look at each student as an individual and consider that there is so much more than their intellectual capabilities. We know that everyone has a story and different life experiences. Basically, when you care you become a better teacher. Students will be more responsive and learn to trust you and have a connection with you and therefore they are more open to learning. You will also have some students that are quiet and do not interact with you or the other students. Shy students may be shy because of fear, tension, apprehension or embarrassment. They are self-conscious and there is usually a reason they lack confidence, especially when they are presented with new challenges. Compassion is a big part of working with these students. These student need to be given the opportunity to meet and communicate with other students, make them feel you are accessible and give this student responsibilities. Recognizing their successes will also be very important. So, make the classroom inclusive and remember that compassion plays a big role!