Empathy is the ability to understand how someone else is feeling or to understand the situation they are in. It is the ability to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes” and to understand the way a situation might make them feel.

There are two parts to empathy:

1)  the sharing of emotions with someone ,and

2)  the ability to see things from someone else’s point of view.  

When you feel an emotion with someone, even if their particular situation doesn’t directly affect you;  that’s empathy!

Mr. Parker gives an introduction to what empathy is and a quick lesson on how to feel what others are feeling.

Mr. Parker teaches students the H.E.A.R.S. method of showing empathy. There are things we can do that can show others that we are really listening and sharing in their experience and emotion. The HEARS method stands for Hold correct posture, Eye contact with the speaker, Accessing the feelings you’re thinking about, Responding to the feelings with our faces, and Saying what the other person is feeling. 

Point of View:

Learning to see situations or events through another person’s viewpoint or eyes is an important step in a child’s social-emotional development.


In this lesson, you’ll learn how to be a detective and pick up clues on what other people are feeling. Mr. Parker will teach students how they can look out for clues on a person’s face, read their body language, and assess the situation.