Understanding I feel is the basis of everything that #Empathetic_Educators stands for. Which means in a way it is something that I strive to stand for everyday.
My passion for empathy started way back in my first year of teaching because I thought I was needing others to understand me but it was actually me who was needing to understand myself.
What does success look like for you? What does success look like for your learner? What does success look like for your child?
When coaching others or speaking with teachers about their learners or speaking to parents about their children. I feel understanding is the basis of everything. These questions help me to see what success looks like for the person and if the people around them have the same visions for success.
In a recent podcast session I released with Kecia McDonald and Lauren Kaufman, reflecting on our George Couros interview. We speak about what we want for our learners or for ourselves or for our children might not be what is best for them or be what they need or want at that moment in time.
'Who's teaching learners to advocate for themselves? How are we valuing what they can do?'