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Name of the tool

Teacher Empathy Cards

Links to the keystones
attitudes, awareness, knowledge

Aim of tool/ Brief overall description
Aim of tool
To understand, describe and show my own and others feelings and moods

Brief overall description
Empathy is central to developing a concern for, and understanding of others, and acknowledging social, cultural and individual difference.  Self-awareness helps all members of a school to recognize and face their own prejudices and intolerances, which is the first step to tackling them.

Main methods

Pair work
Group work



Description of the process and the possible stepping stones

1. Moderator forms group, every group picks the TE card and answers following questions:
What do you think is happening in this photograph? Have you ever been in a situation like this?
What do you think this person is feeling like?
Have you ever felt like that? When have you felt like that?
If you feel like that what would your: a) face look like? b) body look like?
If you are feeling like this what might you do?
If you are feeling like this how does your body feel like on the inside? Can you think of any other words that might describe the feeling? What do you think a person who felt like that would do?
To summarize your thinking you might agree a definition of the feeling and display it.
2. Groups summarize (visualize) the outcome of the discussion on a paperboard and they present the results to the others.
3. The groups who have the same TE card join into one group and continue the discussion looking for similarities and differences in perception.
4. The lecturer-moderator summarizes the discussion following the main aim (stressing the importance of reading feelings and expressing them in multicultural learning environment).
Reflection and evaluation
The Lecturer encourages students to say as many words as they can and reinforces the idea that not everyone will have the same feelings in the same situations.


Teacher Empathy (TE) Cards (2 different x 2)
Paperboard, markers

Groups should be formed preferably as multicultural groups.


Social end Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) for UK Secondary Schools
 Web site:
Basic aspects of implementation based on R. Majors, Emotional Literacy/Teacher Empathy Training, 21-22 Oct. 2008

Inge Timoštšuk
Mai Normak