Friday, February 26, 2016 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Optional Workshop C
After surveying hundreds of elementary school-aged children, Sara has noticed that 100% of children know what bullying is, yet only 10-20% of them know compassion. Instead of merely focusing on anti-bullying, COMPASSION IT challenges schools to consider what it might look like to have a pro-compassion approach.
During this workshop, participants will learn how to bring compassionate attitudes and actions to students through:
1 – embodying compassion and self-compassion in the classroom, and
2 – compassion education lesson plans designed for the classroom
Stanford-trained compassion teacher, Sara Schairer, will lead an experiential and inspiring workshop that helps participants learn (and feel) the basics of compassion. Sara will then guide her audience through the lesson plan that she and her COMPASSION IT team have created to help introduce these vital skills in the classroom. (The lesson plan is free at www.compassionit.com, and more lesson plans may be available by Feb. 2016.)
Sara’s workshop includes YouTube videos that educators can use in the classroom to help students understand compassion. Along with guided visualizations (with themes of common humanity and self-compassion), and partner exercises (“Eyes On” and others), Sara will guide participants through a thought-provoking discussion that challenges participants to bring awareness to our automatic judgments. Through this awareness, opportunities to practice compassion emerge.