Author and teacher-researcher Deb Curtis explores how teachers can witness and encourage children’s innate ability to show empathy, compassion, helpfulness and belonging. Children are eager to be in relationship, and from infancy, are keen observers. Seeing and naming these natural instincts for children helps them continue to connect and relate to one another. Adults can learn from children’s ability to be fully present in the moment, and to find joy in simply sharing an awareness with another person. Teachers can notice, name, and encourage children’s social skills.

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