The Empathy Toy: from Kindergarten to High School
The Educator's Sets of the Empathy Toy were designed with the help of the hundreds of educators who pioneered the toys in their classrooms. Here are some of their stories:
- Stephen Hurley
- Educational Consultant
- Playing for Teacher Excellence
"As adults and as educators, we tend to think that we need to know everything about everything. So to put educators in a scenario where they're actually experiencing what kids are experiencing, that goes miles to opening up the conversation about empathy."
- Carine Chenet
- Gerald McShane Elementary School
- Playing for Conflict Resolution
"When there is a disagreement between friends, I take the opportunity to sit the students down together and do a hands-on activity. Some of them found that in moments of anxiety or stress, the toy really helped them calm down and find a way to relax in spite of everything."
- Jeff Kosow
- Westmount High School
- Playing for Leadership & Teamwork
"At the beginning they all think they're great leaders. And then you put the blindfold on and they realize that what they're trying to get across is not universal."
- Wendy Singer
- Managing Director Inspirations Newspaper
- Playing for Special Needs & Inclusion
"To include a child with autism in a mainstream school, it takes a lot of talking to administration, teaching to the students on how to accept the child and understand them. The Empathy Toy is an awesome tool to be in that tool kit."
- Elliot Kerr
- Continuing Education
- Playing for Sociology
"A lot of the time students are dealing with really abstract concepts, so the toy becomes a pedagogical tool so that the social construction of race or gender can become a real experience for them."
- Karen Burwell
- Sherwood Public School
- Playing for Language & Reasoning
"You could see him really struggling to describe his creation because at 4 years old, they're just so used to pointing and saying 'this one' and 'that one' and 'bigger' and 'smaller' without going into more detail."
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