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Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer

Do animals feel empathy? Inside the decades-long quest for an answer | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it

Yes, even rats have feelings. Here’s how we know.


Throughout her career as a neurobiologist, Peggy Mason has been told over and over that the rats she experiments on are not capable of empathy. Only humans and other primates can understand the emotions of another. Most other animals can't. And certainly not beady-eyed rats....


The study, published in Science in 2011, was a breakthrough. If rats were capable of basic forms of empathy, then perhaps empathy was common — or even universal — among mammals. Studying animal empathy could give us insight into how human empathy evolved. ("I consider myself just a fancy rat," Mason told me.)


by Brian Resnick


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Such an important topic, especially when we think of the lack of empathy that many humans have for animals.
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(Empathic Parenting) Parenting: Empathy is Not Indulgence

(Empathic Parenting) Parenting: Empathy is Not Indulgence | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
Empathy is not indulgence. It is not permissive and it is not laissez-faire. Listening with empathy helps children bounce back. The solution of every emotional or behavioral problem of childhood should begin (but does not end) with our willingness to make a genuine effort to hear our child’s concerns and to understand her point of view.

When you listen empathically to your children, they experience reduced stress, and then, increased cognitive and emotional flexibility. In your child’s behavior, you will see less argument, less defiance, and less withdrawal.

Moments of empathic understanding then open a pathway toward emotional maturity. Your child becomes, in small increments, more open to compromise and problem solving.  In this way, our empathy helps bring about a decisive change in children’s attitudes and behavior; a fulcrum shift in their emotional development—a movement away from urgent and insistent demands and toward tolerance for disappointments and frustrations, and acceptance of personal responsibility.

 

KENNETH BARISH, Ph.D


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Shares some important concepts about parental empathy influencing a child's brain development as well as their behavior and attitudes.

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The Importance of Empathy

The Importance of Empathy | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
Empathy isn’t about feeling sorry for someone, it’s about sharing their feelings even if you can’t completely understand their situation. It’s about stepping outside of yourself and realizing that at the root of all of your experiences are feelings that can transcend any cultural, racial, or religious barriers that exists in our world today.

 

You don’t have to agree with a person’s feelings or even their current situation but don’t let judgment be your first response to that disagreement. In fact, don’t let it be any of your responses. It’s impossible for us to understand what other people are going through because we don’t often take the time to try to understand.

I know that might be hard for everyone to do but empathy is not a foreign concept. We all have the ability to be empathetic; to understand and share the feelings of others. Though our experiences may differ, our emotions are all the same. There is not one emotion that is unique to any one culture, race, or religious group.

Once we all realize that, the world will slowly but surely become a better a place to live in.


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Let empathy, not judgment be our first response...As we start the new year, an important reminder that we are all connected by our emotions.

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SPCA teaches animal empathy at summer camp in Victoria

SPCA teaches animal empathy at summer camp in Victoria | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it

While the BCSPCA is well known for teaching animal care and safety at its youth camps, it’s hoping children will walk away with another important skill this summer — empathy.

 

The group’s Among Animals summer camp program, created last year, runs for a week and is open to ages six and seven.

 

“That’s the age when we really have to start teaching them about empathy,”

 

said Breeanna McDonald, camp co-ordinator. “They’re interested in animals, a lot of them have pets at home, but they haven’t started thinking about the animals’ point of view.”

 

by  Drew McLachlan -


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It's a great idea that I hope is repeated everywhere!  Kindness to animals, and teaching kids to not abuse them is beyond critical. Animal abuse is heartbreaking. Teaching kids empathy saves lives. And,  as this story implies, it not only about empathy to animals but about learning to practice empathy in many different contexts.

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Classroom Activities for Starting Off the School Year

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Classroom Activities for Starting Off the School Year | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
This 28-page PDF booklet includes great activities to get your class (grades preK-12) off to a good start in the new school year.
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Some great classroom lessons as you plan for the start of the year--all from the Morningside Center in NY.

 

However, do not think that lessons alone will suffice. As we all know,  great SEL requires full school integration,  assessment of school climate and competencies, authentic modeling by adults, parenting, peer support, discipline, the list goes on....

 

Contact me at Susan.stillman@6seconds.org for more information on  Six Seconds process for SEL in ieducation.

 

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
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Some great insights here about promoting emotional intelligence in the classroom--namely ways to nurture intrinsic motivation, allow freedom and choice, instill a growth mindset, and maybe most important of all, help teachers believe in each student's goodness and potential.....the student has not mastered this "YET." --that the skill of Optimism.

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Project: iSEL EQ for Teachers (July-Aug 2014) | EQ.org

Project: iSEL EQ for Teachers (July-Aug 2014) | EQ.org | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
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Sign up now for an amazing experience that begins the week of July 28 and runs for six weeks....it's Six Seconds' free virtual course on social emotional learning, replete with hundreds resources. Options exist for working through the material independently, attending drop-in sessions, or signing up for a weekly discussion group. All good!

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What is Self-Science? Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom -

What is Self-Science? Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom - | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it

I first thought it must be some new laboratory class -- I soon learned that the scientific study of self changes everything... and enables us to change anything.

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Anabel Jensen, the founder and President of Six Seconds, shares her experience developing Self Science, Six Seconds' renowned emotional intelligence curriculum. She states, "Self-Science begins with appraisal, ignites choice, and transforms coping into self-actualization. Imagine the positive changes in the world, if everyone practiced the principles of emotional analysis, choice, and action."

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Global Compassion and the Nigerian Schoolgirls by Paul Ekman - Blog

Global Compassion and the Nigerian Schoolgirls by Paul Ekman - Blog | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
Paul Ekman writes on Global Compassion and the Nigerian Schoolgirls, currently prisoners of Boko Haram. Read more Dr. Ekman's blog, Face It!
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Paul Ekman has written before about global compassion. This article reminds me we must continue to act on our compassionate instincts, which are now collectively aroused by the tragic kidnapping of the Nigerian girls.

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RSA Shorts - The Power of Empathy - YouTube

What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuin...
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A great engaging short video to begin a discussion of empathy.

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Core Process's curator insight, May 5, 2014 11:45 AM

Empathy by the bucket loads or do you need to work on your empathy skills ? , this short film is a good place to start 

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3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning

3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning (3 Steps For Creating A Culture Of Learning http://t.co/W4lFYUB6u0 via @TeachThought)
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I would add a lot more EQ/SEL...but it's a good start.

 

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Photography for Enhancing Social-Emotional Learning

Photography for Enhancing Social-Emotional Learning | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
I spent the day attending a full day workshop on Phototherapy by Judy Weiser.  This post is not about how to use photos for therapy, but the workshop reinforced the power of images for building soc...
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I love the idea of using photography to engage and enrich social emotional learning lessons and empower students!

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Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup

Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic:


Nurturing Resilience
Managing Stress and Failure
Responding to Trauma and Tragedy
Grit and Growth Mindset




There’s been a lot of talk lately about resilience (bouncing bac
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Resilience, a "hot topic" in education, is a critical skills for learning and for life. Educators can use these resources to create relationships and classrooms to build resilience in students--and in themselves.

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10 Picture Books that Nurture Empathy

10 Picture Books that Nurture Empathy | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
Help your students appreciate generosity, humility, compassion and kindness with a little help from these 10 picture books. How can you incorporate these stories into your next lesson plan? Discover more here.  



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A great way to engage students while promoting both emotional intelligence and literacy.

 

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Compassion education class teaches middle schoolers empathy, good citizenship

Compassion education class teaches middle schoolers empathy, good citizenship | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it

From left, Dominique Edwards and Emma Malzacher, both 12, pet Schatzi as he sits in on their compassion education class. School Resource Officer Rob Tallion of the Kearney Police Department brings animals into the classroom to help students learn empathy.

 

Dominique is the daughter of Abigail Edwards, and Emma is the daughter of Brian and Sara Malzacher.


By JOSH MOODY


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I love the idea that not only are the students learning about empathy from Schatzi, but also learning about the terrible problem of people neglecting and abusing animals. They learn how they can help. They resilience in Schatzi and his ability, like theirs, to commit to helping others.

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Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History - We've entered the age of empathy. (Harvard Business Review)

Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History - We've entered the age of empathy. (Harvard Business Review) | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it

We’ve entered the age of empathy.

 

Today, we are in the midst of another fundamental rethinking of what organizations are and for what purpose they exist. If organizations existed in the execution era to create scale and in the expertise era to provide advanced services, today many are looking to organizations to create complete and meaningful experiences.

 

I would argue that management has entered

a new era of empathy.

 

This quest for empathy extends to customers, certainly, but also changes the nature of the employment contract, and the value proposition for new employees. We are also grappling with widespread dissatisfaction with the institutions that have been built to date, many of which were designed for the business-as-machine era. They are seen as promoting inequality, pursuing profit at the expense of employees and customers, and being run for the benefit of owners of capital, rather than for a broader set of stakeholders. At this level, too, the challenge to management is to act with greater empathy.


BY Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, is a globally recognized expert on strategy in uncertain and volatile environments. S


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So, let's be proactive and teach empathy and other competencies of emotional intelligence  to MBA students, med students, law school students (what a thought!), teacher candidates, educational leaders,  and other professional in training. They,  in turn, would be using these skills in their interactions with their students, or staffs,  or clients going forward. What an impact that would have, not just corporations/customers but on all of society. That would be a new era indeed!

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Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management

Using Dialogue Circles to Support Classroom Management | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
At Glenview Elementary School, dialogue circles are part of a program aimed at building collaboration, respect, and positive behavior among students.
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There's been a lot of talk about Circles recently and I can see a huge connection to Social Emotional Learning and classroom climate. I attended a conference at the Morningside Center in NYC, where Kay Pranis shared her experience with circles. I realized with amazement, that whenever I have been referring to  "class meetings", it's really the power of Circles that I am speaking to. Circles are a way to check-in, focus, share joys and challenges, resolve issues, and insure that all students are seen and heard. Circles are inclusive. Circles allow the class members  and their teacher to share feelings, develop empathy and exercise optimism. It's a time to be mindful. It's a time to develop all our EQ competencies while talking about things that are meaningful to the the group.  One important point is that the teacher shares power with the students, as all are equal in a circle. Stay tuned for a free webinar on Circles that I will be leading at 6Seconds.org or contact me for more information!

 

 

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Dialogue Circles are a wonderful way to strengthen the social and emotional skills of all students.  It encourages respect and appreciation for differences in thought and perspectives.  Culture Circles are also a great strategy to teach these skills.

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Mindfulness for Teachers

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This book offers valuable information about how mindfulness can help teachers manage the demands of...
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Here's a great new book by my friend,  Tish Jennings---she explores mindfulness in its absolutely appropriate context of social emotional learning. She writes that all teaching and learning is emotional at its center and classrooms are incredibly complex with social interactions and continual emotional experiences. She adds that teachers can apply mindfulness to better understand their students' emotions, behavior and learning.  Knowing Tish, I would add that this book will help educators understand these same issues in themselves.

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.


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I like the idea that teachers create classrooms ripe with "exuberant discovery." When teachers practice the skills of emotional intelligence, and follow the Self-Science learning process, they can more readily create a classroom that's a great place to learn!

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, October 31, 2014 4:19 PM

While stress may be useful for learning not to touch a hot stove, it tends to inhibit the kind of learning that is most needed by students in today's world.

Josefina Santos's curator insight, November 25, 2014 12:09 AM

Amazing

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Teaching is an emotional practice

Teaching is an emotional practice | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
One of my first teaching assignments was in a public school in Barcelona. I met the principal and the dean of students the afternoon before starting my new position and was told: “This is a very di...
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It's so important to recognize that teachers have their own emotional needs and challenges and that to support students, teachers must have their own emotions validated. Once that happens, with assistance, such as the Six Seconds framework, they can begin to develop self-awareness and make better choices, rekindling the passion they felt when they started teaching. The same holds true for school counselors--I have been there!

 

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Videos | Start Empathy

Videos | Start Empathy | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it

A short video on Empathy and Compassion...

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Many ways to explore and practice empathy exist. See also the Global Compassion article posted on Paul Ekman's blog. Watch for information on the Empathy Project, sponsored by Six Seconds. Please join us in this global Empathy Adventure.

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25 intriguing startup quotes

25 intriguing startup quotes | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it

I stumbled across a startupquote.com today, a great Tumblr blog by Rollin’ Egg. So I had a look through the hundreds of quotes and these are the ones that stood out. 


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here's one I especIally like:  “Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.”  –Nelson Mandela, South African Leader

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Jeremy Barton's curator insight, April 14, 2014 2:59 AM

Some great quotes

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Wisdom from those who have walked the talk

Lynne M. Williams BS, MA, ABD★'s curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:39 PM

Start up quotes to keep you motivated!

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Social emotional learning lessons - free ebook downloads

Social emotional learning lessons - free ebook downloads | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
Social emotional learning lessons free eBook download or read online on FreeBookez.com - Classroom Activities - National School Climate Center
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Lots of good ideas here.

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Flow - A Measure of Student Engagement

Flow - A Measure of Student Engagement | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
When I first heard about Czikszentmihalyi's "Flow" concept and research, I became quite intrigued with this research.  Its face validity immediately resonated with me.  I always cherished those tim...
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Schools that use social emotional learning as a cornerstone to integrate academic curriculum, with emotions and connection and a safe climate, will help all stakeholders, not just students, to be in a Flow state.

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EQ Week: The Free Online Emotional Intelligence Conference

EQ Week: The Free Online Emotional Intelligence Conference | Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning | Scoop.it
3rd annual virtual emotions conference. 65 free webinars with top neuroscientists, educators, business leaders, in world's largest emotional intelligence event for everyone! Mar 10-15 2014.
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Fabulous free webinars on all things EQ!! See schedule listed under each day of the week.  On Thursday in my webinar, I describe the results from our pilot study of our new iSEL (introduction to Social Emotional Learning) online course--and we explore why it's so important for teachers and students.

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