Roots of Empathy in the Classroom
Want to help reduce bullying, aggression and violence in your school?
Want to surround your students with a positive and lasting experience that will help them to become role models and future leaders?
Teacher and former Volunteer Parent, Megan explains her experience being a Volunteer Parent to being a Host Teacher (0.91 Min)
Teacher and former Volunteer Parent, Megan talks about the program’s benefits on students’ social and emotional needs (0.88 Min)
What Teachers Say About our Program
“The students love seeing baby Berk and watching him grow. The concept of empathy was new to most of the students so this led to some great conversation both when we first learned about it and later when we were working on solving classroom disagreements or helping others in the class that were upset.”Grade 2, Host TeacherAlberta, Canada
“I am most certain the the program has helped my students to search deeper and to make connections with others and selves. The most impactful lesson was on inclusion and bullying as that was a big topic of discussion as my students are getting ready for middle school and many were anxious about meeting new peers. They have realized that they will be there for each other and that their differences is what makes them unique, but also that once they look past the differences, they see that they are very much alike and connected.”Grade 5, Host TeacherBritish Columbia, Canada
“Students are more empathetic toward each other. In our class, we have started saying “would you say/do that to the baby?” The answer is no, so they realize that they shouldn’t treat their peers that way either. They are resilient and keep trying even work is difficult.”Grade 5, Host TeacherNew Brunswick, Canada
“This program has made my students more empathetic to other people's feelings. They have seen how and what is involved in caring for a baby and how the feelings that parents have towards their child can be transferred over to others.”Host TeacherOntario, Canada
88% of teachers strongly agreed or agreed that as a result of Roots of Empathy, students showed more prosocial behaviour (e.g., sharing, helping, cooperating, kindness) by the end of the school year
- Independent research since 2000 has proven that the Roots of Empathy program reduced levels of aggression and bullying in children, and increased their prosocial behaviours such as sharing, caring and inclusion
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The Classroom Setting
- Roots of Empathy is delivered on-site in your classroom during regular school hours
- We use a specialized curriculum which is developmentally appropriate for primary/elementary children
While the Roots of Empathy Instructor is responsible for preparing and delivering the lesson during the Roots of Empathy visit, the classroom teacher is an active participant in the program. Teachers who see the need for the program, who have worked in consultation with the principal, the Instructor and other school staff, and who are proactive, will see the program unfold most effectively.