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Five Strategies to Help Students Using Perspective and Empathy

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Jason Gay  

In this snapshot session, learn about five strategies that teachers can use to help students develop perspective by providing them with explicit opportunities to consider various points of view, diverse ideas, and alternate interpretations and conclusions. Perspective and empathy enhance classroom instruction and deepen students' understanding of people and ideas.

Audience: Teachers, Curriculum/district specialists, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Equity and inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to actively engage our teachers on strategies and tools to help students in rich learning experiences that foster perspective and empathy. The models employed are based in the instructional and educational research of Jay McTighe and Harvey F. Silver collective work Teaching for Deeper Learning.

Participants will be able to learn and then apply five instructional strategies and tools to use in their classrooms to elicit student understanding and humanistic views of others.

Participants will be able to connect the strength in teaching combining technology, pedagogy, and content to make rich learning experiences for students.

Participants will see how students can see content through the varying viewpoints of stakeholders and develop new insights through looking at content from a new and unusual perspectives.


30 Minute Snapshot Session

5 minutes - Introduction and the need for Perspective and Empathy learning opportunities for students. This will be the laying the pedagogical and educational research context for educators and addressing the "why?" for instructional focus.

20 minutes - I will provide instructional strategies and the digital tools that combine technology, pedagogy, and content

1. Questioning Prompts with digital tools
2. Put the "You" in the Content with digital tools
3. Perspective Chart with digital tools
4. Meeting of the Minds/Mock Trial with digital tools
5. A Day in the Life with digital tools

5 minutes - Conclusion and time permitting questions
How these elements engage students into more meaningful learning encounters to understand with their minds and hearts.

Supporting research

• McTighe, J. & Silver, H. (2020). Teaching for deeper learning: Tools to Engage Students in Meaning Making. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

• McTighe, J. & Silver, H. "Instructional Shifts to Support Deep Learning" in Educational Leadership. September 2020, Volume 78, Number 1.

• McTighe, J., & Wiggins, G. (2013). Essential questions: Opening doors to student understanding. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

• National Research Council. (2012). Education for life and work. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. p 6.

• Silver, H.F., Abla, C., Boutz, A. L., & Perini, M. J. (2018). Tools for classroom instruction that works: Ready-to-use techniques for increasing student achievement. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Silver Strong & Associates/Thoughtful Education Press and McREL International.

• Taba, H., Durkin, M. C., Fraenkel, J. R., & McNaughton, A. H. (1971). A teacher's handbook to elementary social studies: An inductive approach (2nd ed). Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

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Jason Gay, Highlands High School
ISTE Certified Educator

Jason Gay is a Library Media Specialist at Highlands High School (Ft. Thomas, KY) He was featured in the Edtech Coaches Panel: Effective Strategies to Improve Teaching and Learning in ISTE 2020 and poster session on Design Thinking. An ISTE Certified Educator, Edtech enthusiast, and current Educational Leader Ed.S. He has 16 years in public K12 education as a Technology/Media Specialist and Social Studies Educator and private work experience over 20 years with leadership, customer service, and technology.

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