Today’s 5th grade character lesson was about empathy. The concept of feeling another person’s situation. We practiced the act of walking in another’s shoes by actually doing it. Just up and down the hall was enough to provoke such amazing comments as:
- the shoes I was in were too big. it made me feel like i didn’t want to be in a life that was that big.
- my shoes were too tight–it made me think that sometimes people keep things locked up inside.
- my shoes fit the same as my regular shoes-it reminded me that some people out there have the same problems or situations as I do.
What amazing and profound responses from young minds. Many of these children really took to the idea that we must see the other side and reach out first in compassion. It gives me great hope.