“Practical Strategies for Teaching with Empathy”
Paula A. Franzese
Seton Hall University School of Law
Nov. 30, 2017 4 PM – 5 PM
A teacher is vested with the power and privilege to shape students’ perceptions of themselves and the learning process. What is more, we are entrusted with the task of preparing our classes to navigate an increasingly complex world. Empathy is essential to that task. When we teach with empathy we unleash empathy in our students’ learning pathways, allowing both cognitive and emotional aptitudes to align. That alignment facilitates the development of the hard and soft skills essential to understanding and participating in interconnected spheres of exchange and influence.
In this workshop, Dr. Paula Franzese will share some practical strategies for teaching with empathy, a skill much needed at a time when students and faculty in general are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and stress.
Empathic learning deepens our students’ abilities to cultivate more nuanced, conceptual, and resonant understanding of subject matter. It facilitates the process of deriving meaning from context, allowing our classes to feel into settings and experiences different from their own. Empathy cultivates proximity to the “other,” however conceived, thereby reminding our students that the burdens of their own struggles do not relieve them of the responsibility to see others in theirs and, from that shared perch, to find common ground. (The Power of Empathy in the Classroom, 47 Seton Hall Law Review 693 (2017) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2956433).
Light refreshments will be served.
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