It’s important to help students understand the importance of empathy–especially with the recent natural disasters, the shootings, and the political climate. One song I love that reminds me of this premise is Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror”. If you want to make changes, you have to look at yourself first.
I decided to use this song to help my kids look at empathy. I started with a few discussion questions about what they thought needed changes in today’s world, and it started a great discussion.
I then had them listen to the song and we talked about what it meant. Once they were done, I asked them to color a pennant to show their commitment to helping to make the world a better place. Once they are finished, we will hang them around the school.