Week 24 -- "Ending the cycle: Understanding others’ emotions and perspectives" -- Grade 9

Week 24 -- "Ending the cycle: Understanding others’ emotions and perspectives" -- Grade 9

Suite360 Student Lesson Name: Ending the cycle: Understanding others’ emotions and perspectives.  

Brief Summary: As your child learns to navigate and manage their own emotions, they need strategies to connect with other people who are going through similar experiences. Recent years have seen a sharp rise in bullying in schools, stemming from online activities and a general emotional disconnect among peers.  This lesson focuses on the difference between empathy and sympathy, emphasizing the gap between acknowledging someone’s feelings and understanding them. The goal is to help your child recognize opportunities to connect with others in a positive and meaningful way.

Shared vocabulary: None

Key Takeaways:

  • There is a difference between empathy and sympathy.
  • Empathy is taking a moment and trying to look at a situation from someone else’s perspective.  
  • Being empathetic may not always be the most popular thing to do, but it’s always the right thing to do.
  • To be truly empathetic, you have to dig into your own emotions and that can be uncomfortable at times.

Continue the Conversation:

  • How can you demonstrate empathy?
  • Can you develop empathy?  Why do you feel that way?  This should spur conversations about situations where they have been or could be empathetic.  
  • Why is it important to try to walk in “another person’s shoes” or see things from someone else’s perspective?  
  • Is empathy agreeing with the way someone feels?  Why or why not?  

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