Through Their Eyes
Empathy is a critical life skill that helps us to share, understand and care about the emotions of others. It has been shown to improve academic achievement and communication skills, improve prosocial behaviours like cooperating, sharing and helping and reduce bullying behaviours.
Empathy comes to us more naturally for people and animals who we are more familiar with and similar to. However, by practising empathy – considering the thoughts and feelings of others – especially those who we may struggle to empathize with, is key to treating all living things with respect and compassion.
Discussion Questions and Activities
Present the poster to students and discuss the questions and complete the activities to explore empathy and how it helps us to improve relationships with others including animals and the environment. Curriculum connections can be found within each division.