February 8th, 2021
Emily’s fifth-grade students in Bahia Vista, California always looked forward to receiving the latest issue of Kind News magazine. But in 2020, things had to be different.
In the spring, school went virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the first digital issue of Kind News came out, Emily was committed to ensuring her students would still be able to enjoy the magazine they loved so much. She posted the issue in her Google Classroom along with links to videos on RedRover Reporters, the RedRover YouTube channel for kids made by kids. She also recorded herself reading the articles aloud to support her students who are English language learners. “My students and their families loved the digital edition with my read-aloud recording,” she says. “They enjoyed getting to discuss the articles and questions together!”
Later that year, Emily’s school shifted to a hybrid model, which meant that she would be teaching students both remotely and in-person. More than ever, she wanted to make sure that her students still had access to resources like Kind News that build empathy and support social-emotional learning.
Since she would no longer be teaching all her students at once, Emily created her own “study guides” for the digital January/February 2021 issue of Kind News with questions to accompany the magazine content. Here are some of their responses:
Have you ever helped an animal who was alone? What would you do in this situation?
What did you learn from this issue of Kind News, or what was your favorite part?
Emily says, “I had once heard that empathy is not only putting yourself in a being’s place at one single moment, but looking for what they have been though in their entire past and looking ahead for what might be in their future. Kind News helps this message resonate with my students!”
We’re grateful to educators like Emily who are finding creative ways to continue teaching empathy to students, despite the unique challenges of the pandemic.