Walk a Mile: A Challenge in Empathy ~ by Paige Henderson
With MLK Day happening this past month, I wanted to share an activity that can help connect students to the work of Dr. King. The activity is called, Walk a Mile: A Challenge in Empathy.
This challenge includes a compilation of picture books that help children of all ages see the world through the eyes of those who may be different from them – different religions, different cultures, different ways of celebrating, different physical abilities, different family structures, different financial situations, different ways of thinking, and different ways of living. Sharing books that encourage empathy is a great way to connect with Westfeld’s mission to “Find Power and Wisdom in our Differences.” By empathizing with others, these books can allow us to see the world beyond our own narrow scope and be better prepared to be an ally to those who may be facing oppression or standing up to injustice. As they read the books they can shade in the spots on the footprints until they are completely shaded.
As I have said before, sharing stories with Westfield students is one of my favorite things I get to do as a teacher, and I am grateful I can pass along some more titles that help build a world that we seek for children.
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