Google News article “My first year of teaching, we were looking for a gift to get my child out of the house, which is something I’ve been doing for the last decade,” says Liz Hensley, founder of Teach for Me, a Seattle-based organization that offers educational resources for educators.
“We were looking at books on different topics and we found a really great gift for my child.
My first year was just kind of a roller coaster ride of finding the right gift, finding the perfect gift, and finding a gift that made her feel good.”
One of the best gifts was a book about “the value of empathy.”
“The value of compassion is a great value, and when you get it from a human, it feels so wonderful,” Hensly says.
“It’s something that we’ve talked about for years.
And it’s so simple to understand.”
A year after that, the couple’s two kids are now in high school.
“I really think that empathy is the most powerful force in the world,” Honsley says.
She says empathy, like compassion, is something teachers are taught in school.
But there are also some things teachers don’t always have to teach students, like being able to empathize with the needs of their students.
“Sometimes when you’re teaching a class, you’re actually not able to teach empathy,” Hronsley says, adding that a teacher needs to be able to connect to the students in their classroom.
“If you’re really focused on the learning and teaching and being good at it, you don’t really have that much of an opportunity to empathise.”
Hensy and Hensleys daughter are both now enrolled in college.
“The other thing that I really think is really important, which I think is very important for educators, is empathy,” she says.
Hensie’s daughter, who is an elementary school teacher, also teaches a special needs class, and the teacher has also found a gift for her.
“She’s got a book called ‘The Gift of Kindness,'” Hensies daughter says.
The gift is about helping people.
“Her teacher said that it’s really about having compassion for people,” Hinsley says of her daughter.
“And she’s really doing it.”
She says her daughter is always willing to help other people, even when she doesn’t always agree with their decisions.
“In her case, it’s been really supportive,” Hinesh says.
When her daughter was a student at a charter school, Hinsies daughter took on a new job, which allowed her to become an independent teacher.
Hinsie and Hainsley say that her daughter still has a lot of passion for teaching and has always wanted to learn more.
“This is what I love to do, is she wants to learn something new, and she wants it from somebody that can help her learn it,” Hnesleys daughter says, smiling.
“So I think that’s a really good gift for somebody to have.”
Teach for Life is a nonprofit organization that helps educators make better choices in the classroom and at home.
In partnership with Teach for America, Teach for Lives provides resources to teachers that range from book recommendations to online resources.
“There are many ways that teachers can use the materials that Teach for Us provides to improve their students’ lives,” Teach for Lifelong Education says on its website.
Honsys daughter, however, was inspired by her teacher.
“One of the things that I’m really excited about teaching her is that I know that she’s going to get it right the first time, and it’s going not just because she’s a good teacher, but because she has that empathy that makes me really excited to work with her,” Halsley says with a laugh.
Teach for life has since grown to more than 600 members and is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, but Hensys daughter is still looking for the perfect teacher gift for herself.
“My biggest challenge, if you’ll pardon the expression, is finding that perfect gift that really makes her feel that they’re helping her in a positive way,” she said.
“But it’s not just about the teacher, it is about the family.
It’s about the whole thing.”
Hinsleys daughter is one of the more than 200,000 teachers across the U.S. who received a Teach for Excellence Award for their work.
Teach For Life also has a new partnership with the University of Washington, where Hinsys daughter also works.
The UW has been teaching for more than 20 years, and Hinshies daughter is currently the UW’s fourth assistant professor in the UW System.