During this unexpected first half of 2020, some countries have been able to keep their schools working as usual. One of the rare examples is in Taiwan. We are excited to share Ms Roya Su’s (Korrnell Academy) experiences and learnings on how to develop empathy and inclusivity in classes.
Ms Su works with 3rd-grade classes which have students with special needs. She has used the Mightifier program 2-3 times per month / class. Her favourite activities have been strength feedback rounds and secondly Sociogram, which has enabled her to see how class relationships develop.
“The program is easy to use and doesn’t take too much time. I like to use it because children love it so much.”
As a teacher, she values the data from Sociogram and Well-being Pulse, as they demonstrate the actual situation in class.
The biggest impact she has seen is related to children with special needs. With the support of Mightifier also these children have become part of the “class communities”.
Others have understood how to deal with children who are not similar and agreed that not everyone needs to be the same. Being different is okay and everyone is allowed to be who they are.
“I’ve been relieved to see from Mightifier Sociogram that children with special needs are also included and have friends”, Ms Su says. “The program has developed positive emotions and empathy in classes. Understanding strengths has become a lot better and made the atmosphere more positive.”
Ms Su’s top tips:
- Use the strength cards to explain about different strengths.
- Students love peer-to-peer strength feedback rounds and they understand the value of everyone being different.
- Mightifier Sociogram shows how class relationships develop, who is included and who might be left outside