Classroom Culture: Stories of Empathy and Belonging

Joshua Kent Taylor (Oklahoma State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 139
EISBN13: 9781799858652|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2971-3.ch011
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This chapter uses three stories of schools and students to explore the concepts of emotionally responsive teaching and mentoring. The stories suggest a need for teachers to engage students by creating higher senses of school connectedness. Teachers are encouraged to understand their students and demonstrate a transformational leadership approach suggested by Burns in his seminal work on leadership. Finally, the chapter urges teachers and educational leaders to see themselves as cultural architects, tasked with listening and creating spaces for belonging. Through an approach that engages students on an emotional level through empathy, educational leaders will increase the engagement and success of students.
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