Teacher Review for Empatico

Authentic experience for students to increase global competence and practice empathy!

Dana K.
Classroom teacher
Cunningham Creek Elementary School
St. Johns, United States
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My Grades 1, 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
My class grew so much using this tool because it is authentic and exciting for students. It increased their global awareness and allowed them lessons with opportunities that helped them develop a deeper empathy for others. My partner teacher and I chose to do the lessons, Ways we Play, Helping Hands, & Weather out the Window. We learned similarities and differences about each other. Originally, my students did not think they would have a lot in common with our partner class, but then learned they did have similarities! Empatico gave detailed lesson plans and ideas students loved, as well as a simple set up to connect with my partner teacher online. The lessons matched well with my standards!! It encouraged higher order thinking!!
My Take
Getting started was simple. I completed a survey and then Empatico connected my class with another class. I loved the authentic learning experience this gave my students. I am impressed that it was FREE (they promise to keep it that way!) Parents of my students loved this experience for their children because the lessons embedded learning about empathy as well as academic learning. Students had opportunities to think about how other kids felt around the world during the lesson and then could ask our partner class questions they had. They loved sharing what they learned with their families. My class was able to connect with other first graders that lived far away and learn how much we are alike, even though we live far away. I can't say enough positive things about this experience and look forward to being matched with another class again this upcoming school year!