Compassionate Educator- Feeling Vocabulary

Non Violent Communication (NVC) ┬áis a way to communicating that helps you “resolve conflicts with more ease, learn to ask for what you want without using demands, begin to hear the true needs of others with less effort, and strengthen your personal and professional relationships.” (

This style of communicating can have a large impact on schools. The compassionate educator series shares resources from NVC that can be used in educational settings as well as life in general.

This week we are thinking about how to build feelings vocabulary. A wide-ranging feelings vocabulary provides deeper self-connection and an enhanced ability to express yourself to others. These skills can strengthen compassion in any learning environment. Help your students enhance their feelings vocabulary.

Feelings poster

With your students, make a list of feeling words, and try adding a new word a day for as many days as you can. Put your feelings vocabulary in a prominent place in your classroom. Each time students feel an emotion that isn’t on the list, invite them to express it by saying it aloud or writing it on the board.

Share what you think! What is important about having a large feelings vocabulary? How do you build feelings vocabulary in your life?

The Compassionate Educator

On behalf of the AISD Social and Emotional Learning Department we would like to extend our greatest appreciation and thanks for your amazing dedication to our students! You are our gift!teacher-appreciation-week[1]

“More than anything else, human beings want to contribute to life — to share our gifts.

Our gifts vary widely; everyone has unique contributions to make. Your ability to recognize student gifts and to receive them allows every student to meet his/her needs for belonging and contribution.

Make a list of all the students in your class (especially those you are having trouble making a connection with) and write down their gifts as you see them. Add to this list on a regular basis.”

-The Center for Nonviolent Communication

A Compassionate Educator

John Cotton Dana once said, “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” The Center for Nonviolent Communication has published tips for creating positive environments for our students and we decided to feature them on our blog….they are just that good!

Here is our first featured tip on listening!

“Listening carefully to students shows that we value what they say and we take them seriously. Listening meets students’ needs for understanding, connection and trust. If you could make only one change in a classroom, listening more is probably the most important one to make. On any given day, make a point of noticing how much you talk and how much you listen. What are the percentages?”

Stay tuned for more Compassionate Educator tips. The website for The Center for Nonviolent Communication provides a wealth of information and you can also subscribe to receive the tips via email for free!

The book below features tools on how to create a compassionate classroom. One of the chapters is dedicated to changing our language from naming and blaming to giving and receiving. Click on the picture to purchase this fantastic resource!

Compassionate Classroom Book