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!!
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!