Emphasizing Empathy in the Classroom

Each week on the QuaverSEL blog, we’re highlighting one of the core CASEL competencies and a sub-skill. This week, we’re taking a look at social awareness and just one of the many resources available right at your fingertips to help students be able to empathize with and take the perspective of others.

Let’s dive in! 

In the classroom, empathy and recognizing other people’s feelings is often a skill that students may need some help developing. 

Today, we’ll take a look at an activity found right in Resource Manager that may help to develop empathy in students and inspire them to “take a walk in someone else’s shoes.”

Take a Walk in Their Shoes

Your Resource Manager is easily searchable by the core CASEL competencies.

Click the green SOCIAL AWARENESS icon to pull up all resources related to that skill and find the activity called “Walk in My Shoes (Take a Walk in Their Shoes.)”

This activity can also be found by searching “Walk in My Shoes” in the SELMusic Library. 

This screen is an interactive student activity that helps to explain the meaning of the phrase “walking in someone else’s shoes.” 

Once you select a shoe, review the questions that are written on the next screen. The scene has a character in a situation that your students may find themselves in.

The questions prompt them to read the character’s body language and facial expressions to determine how they may be feeling. The activity also requires students to interpret the setting and infer what the situation might be.

Push play at the bottom of the screen to hear the QuaverSEL original song “Walk in My Shoes.” Playing this song is a great way to give students time to reflect before asking them to identify what the character may be feeling. 

Once you have assessed the situation on one screen, click “Back” and select another shoe to move to the next scenario. Each shoe has a very different setting and can lead to a variety of class discussions and potential role-playing scenarios.

And there you have it! This is just one of several resources at your disposal for addressing social awareness and the ability to empathize and identify another person’s perspective. 

Stay tuned to the blog in the coming weeks as we dive into relationship skills and communication.


How will you address social awareness in your classroom?