This course will focus on helping children move from complacency to compassion in their interactions with other people. Too often, children are self-focused and miss opportunities to support, encourage, and help those around them. There are also those children who seem to lack an emotional connection to the outside world. We often say they are “unattached” or “lack sensitivity.” Through a combined presentation of literature, research, hands on activities, discussion topics, and personal interactions, this course will increase the ability of educators to impact children in the emotional recognition of social responsibility.
We will emphasize acts of kindness, reading social situations, increasing sensitivity to others, and phrases and actions that lead toward support toward others and compassion. This exciting class will change the dynamics within a classroom, a school, and a home. It will be enjoyable, energizing, and filled with strategies and interventions for a school. Regardless of the age group one works with, this class will benefit the educator. It is geared toward a broad audience, encompassing K-12 students.
We advise you to review and download a summary of the course syllabus
Once you register, log onto the instructor’s website at www.michaelsedler.com. Click on Classes, then scroll down and click on Nurturing Compassion manual. The manual will download as a PDF file to your computer.
Climate change poses the single largest, global threat to life on Earth, and yet the United States and our schools lag far behind the international community in educating and acting responsibly to mitigate the causes and effects of a warming planet. This online course for grades 3-7 teachers uses excellent platforms developed by NASA and the EPA to educate about the science of climate change in kid-friendly, interdisciplinary ways. Youthful graphics, games, lesson samples that cut across science, social studies and math, virtual expeditions to places where climate change is visible, CO2 footprint calculators and more make this a rich learning environment from which grades 3-7 teachers will develop their own units and themes—whether that’s oceans, birds, butterflies, fish, trees, fresh water supplies. Many of your common science units can be modified with a climate change perspective (ie ocean life, plants and animals).