I teach 5th grade in Southern California. One of my professional goals this year is to build empathy. Here's my Design Thinking challenge: How might we promote respectful interactions between students by creating opportunities to build social and emotional skills? I have been successful nurturing a classroom of strong readers. Since literature is a vehicle to get outside one's comfort zone, this seemed like a logical next step.
This challenge comes from Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature.