Teacher Dispositions
ELEMENT Nascent Beginning Progressing Proficient Advanced
1. Empathy and valuing multiple perspectives

I have not yet explored how my personal beliefs have shaped my worldview. I can identify my personal beliefs and experiences and recognize how they shape my view of the world. I recognize that I might hold stereotypes. I understand that my beliefs and experiences are not universally shared. I can identify the influences that shape how others and I view the world. I am willing to explore the experiences and perspectives of people who challenge my beliefs. I recognize biases and limitations of my own perspective and those of others’ perspectives. I recognize how my personal beliefs influence my decisions as a teacher. I empathize by seeking to understand the perspectives of others. I challenge my personal assumptions to understand viewpoints that differ from my own. I value diverse perspectives, including those that challenge my own.

Source: The Globally Competent Teaching Continuum was originally developed in 2014 by J. M. Cain, J. Glazier, H. Parkhouse, and A. Tichnor-Wagner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Beginning

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

6th Grade English Language Arts: Connotations and Denotations

Lesson plan

Connotative and Denotative Words (PDF)
Suggested grade levels: 6–8
Subject: English Language Arts
Description: In this lesson, students learn to distinguish between connotations and denotations of words.

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Progressing

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

8th Grade Social Studies: Vietnam War

Lesson plan

Vietnam War (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 8
Subject: Social Studies
Description: In this lesson, students explore the Vietnam War from multiple perspectives, using primary documents and music.

Professional Development

TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie describes why is it important to not tell a “single story” about a place or a people.

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Proficient

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

8th Grade Social Studies: Holocaust

Professional Development

TED Talk: The Danger of a Single Story
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie describes why is it important to not tell a “single story” about a place or a people.

RSA Short - The Power of Empathy
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This video defines empathy in relation to sympathy.

Classroom Resources

Ashoka - Start Empathy Resources
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This resource library provides books, articles, PDFs, videos, and weblinks to resources that show what empathy looks like in education and why empathy matters.

Habits of Mind Animations: Listening with Empathy
Suggested grade level: PreK–2
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This video defines empathy for early elementary school students. Purchase the entire Wonder Media Habits of Mind Animations with printable lessons.

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Advanced

ASCD Readings

Classroom Demo Video

7th Grade Social Studies: Hypothetical Global Conflicts

Lesson Plan

Hypothetical Global Conflicts (PDF)
Suggested grade level: 6–12
Subject: Social Studies
Description: Students explore conflict resolution and peacekeeping techniques.

Classroom Resource

Ashoka - Start Empathy Resources
Suggested grade level: All
Subject: All
Cost: Free
Description: This resource library provides books, articles, PDFs, videos, and weblinks to resources that show what empathy looks like in education and why empathy matters.

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