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One way to teach empathy through STEM

One way to teach empathy through STEM | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Below, they describe their joint classroom project: STEM EMPATHY.

It all began when we signed up our fifth-grade students for Design For Change, a global movement driven by children who believe that “every child can.” The program takes students through four steps — feel, imagine, do and share — to help students design a project to create change. After combining classrooms for this project, our 50 students brainstormed many ideas for projects to create change.

 

These project ideas ranged from helping the homeless to tutoring STEM in pediatric hospitals to restoring historic homes. After careful consideration, the students unanimously agreed that delivering STEM education to their peers in hospitals would have the most impact and bring the most meaning and purpose in each of their lives. Thus, STEM EMPATHY was born.

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Active Listening: What Is It & How To Master It

Active Listening: What Is It & How To Master It | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

INTRODUCTION – WHAT IS ACTIVE LISTENING? A DEFINITION

Active listening is a style of listening where the listener is fully concentrated on the speaker. They focus on fully understanding the message before evaluating and responding to it.

Good listening is a key part of successful negotiation, influence, and conflict resolution.

Note: there is no single definition of active listening.

ACTIVE LISTENING VERSUS PASSIVE LISTENING: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Passive listening really only has one step – hearing.

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How to Raise an Empathetic Kid, but Not a Conflict-Averse Wimp

How to Raise an Empathetic Kid, but Not a Conflict-Averse Wimp | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
How to Raise an Empathetic Kid, but Not a Conflict-Averse Wimp
Raising an empathetic and kind kid is a beautiful thing, but it's also important to prepare kids for the real world.
By Lizzy Francis Jan 13 2019, 10:44 AM
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What I Learned from Teaching my Daughter About Empathy

What I Learned from Teaching my Daughter About Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

So what can we parents/caregivers and educators of young children do to model and teach empathy? Here are a few ideas!

  • Use your relationship with your child to teach them how to treat others and how they should expect to be treated by others
  • Talk about feelings – yours, your child’s, and others’
  • Help your child learn how to connect with others
  • Help your child make amends – not just say “I’m sorry”
  • Model empathy throughout the day

 

 

Additional Resources

How to Help Your Child Develop Empathy

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/5-how-to-help-your-child-develop-empathy

 

How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children

http://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/files/gse-mcc/files/empathy.pdf

 

References

  1. Taylor, Z. E., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Eggum, N. D., & Sulik, M. J. (2013). The relations of ego-resiliency and emotion socialization to the development of empathy and prosocial behavior across early childhood.Emotion13(5), 822.
  1. Bonner, T. D., & Aspy, D. N. (1984). A study of the relationship between student empathy and GPA. The Journal of Humanistic Education and Development22(4), 149-154.
  1. Murphy, T. P., & Laible, D. J. (2013). The influence of attachment security on preschool children’s empathic concern. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 0165025413487502.
  1. Panfile, T. M., & Laible, D. J. (2012). Attachment security and child’s empathy: The mediating role of emotion regulation. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly,58(1), 1-21.
  1. Brownell, C. A., Svetlova, M., Anderson, R., Nichols, S. R., & Drummond, J. (2013). Socialization of early prosocial behavior: Parents’ talk about emotions is associated with sharing and helping in toddlers. Infancy18(1), 91-119.
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How To Teach Kids Empathy and Toughness at the Same Time

How To Teach Kids Empathy and Toughness at the Same Time | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Raising empathetic kids is actually pretty easy, but it requires being thoughtful about others, modeling important behaviors, and being patient with your kid.

 

Empathy is an important trait for parents to nurture in their kids. Empathetic children, kids who naturally have the ability to understand and even share in the feelings of others, tend to build healthy relationships throughout all stages of life. Fortunately, this trait arrives early and naturally.

 

Recent research done by Alison Gopnik, a renowned child psychiatrist, shows that empathy can even be observed in babies, who pat other babies when they cry. Still, parents can’t just let well enough alone. They need to encourage their children to think about the feelings of others while also considering their own needs and desires. 

 

Why Empathy Matters
Empathy is key to understanding the world. It helps us connect with others and build relationships with everyone and everything.

 

 

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The History of Empathy 

The History of Empathy  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathy: you probably have an intuitive sense of what it is, but can you define it? The word itself is about a century old, and the meaning has actually been in almost continual flux. 

Listen Listening...16:02 Susan Lanzoni
On top of that, there’s debate about whether empathy is a good and useful feeling that can help us move toward a kinder and more just world, or whether it’s actually counterproductive.  

The word was first used in German as “einfühlung” or in-feeling around the turn of the last century. It was used in the context of aesthetics, an area of philosophy.  

“It was about ‘feeling into’ things, like forms and shapes and art objects,” said Susan Lanzoni, a science and medicine historian based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and author of Empathy: A History.
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Center for Empathy and Visual Arts Minneapolis Institute of Art Karleen Gardner

Center for Empathy and Visual Arts  Minneapolis Institute of Art Karleen Gardner | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Mia envisions taking a leading role in collaborating with museum colleagues as well as researchers, scholars, content experts, and other influencers to research and explore practices for fostering empathy and global awareness through the power of art and to share these findings with the field.

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Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles (2019-01-19)

Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles (2019-01-19) | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Every Saturday, 10 AM – 12 PM PST
Everyone (left, center, right, etc) is invited to this free online Empathy Circle

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process. The process increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.

 

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The Neuroscience of Empathy, Compassion, and Self-Compassion.

The Neuroscience of Empathy, Compassion, and Self-Compassion. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Chad Woodruff is a Cognitive Neuroscientist who uses neuroimaging techniques  to investigate social and cognitive processes. Chad has had extensive experience as a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, and an assistant professor with neuroimaging and has mentored undergraduate students in the use of these techniques for 10 years.
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Conflict, Mediation and a Culture of Empathy

Conflict, Mediation and a Culture of Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

At its core, the Mediate Your Life training is about listening to - and really hearing - ourselves and others. It is about increasing our capacity for empathy so that when triggered we can overcome the body's natural "fight-flight-freeze" reaction. The process teaches how to replace conflict with true collaboration, new possibilities, and compassionate support.

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7 Habits of Highly Empathetic People

7 Habits of Highly Empathetic People | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

As an executive coach and human-behavior professor, I have an inside view into how the great leaders and high-performers practice empathy

 

Here are similarities I've observed in how they flex their feeling muscles. 

  • 1. They are fully present with others.
    Empathetic people have a way of making you feel like you're the only one in the room. When they interact with someone, they give that person the gift of their full attention and respect, which is rare in today's hyper-distracted world. 
  • 2. They've mastered the art of active listening.
  • 3. They tune into nonverbal communication.
  • 4. They pause. 
  • 5. They replace advice-giving with asking questions.
  • 6. They speak in terms of "we," not "me." 
  • 7. They imagine others' point of view.
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Empathy Workshop by Emma Jefferies and Daniela Marzavan on

The facilitators help organisations implement design practices across a range of fields. They have often found the management of creative teams focuses mainly on the delivering of outcomes, but forget to focus inward. This can lead to a lack of alignment on purpose and shared values holding the team together.

 

The facilitators feel more conversations are needed around enabling a creative environment of trust where people feel confident to try out new things and failure is seen as a way of learning. During this exchange we will explore how to help creative teams improve collaboration through an introspective moment using design research methods often used with clients. T

 

his will be achieved by:

(a) Exploring the importance of improving teams collaboration through drawing on the work of Sennetts’s dialogic communication and empathy.

(b) Prototype how to improve teams collaboration through using a design research method.

(c) Reflect on the experience and shared learning. The session will be a lot of fun and will leave you with the tools to increase empathy and collaboration between the creative teams you work with.

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The Empathy Experiments - 8 lessons learned at HMRC Digital

The Empathy Experiments - 8 lessons learned at HMRC Digital | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

So we set up ‘The Empathy Experiments’ and this is how we got on.

What are The Empathy Experiments?
The experiments grew from the experience Alex Kean, Head of Product Management, and I gained when working on the Tax Credit Renewals Service, and we were curious to know if what we had learnt could be replicated across HMRC Digital.

 

The idea was to help everyone learn from each other’s viewpoints to create greater empathy in the way we work together. We saw this as having the potential to strengthen team collaboration and, ultimately, lead to better services for our users.

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The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World: Jamil Zaki 

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World: Jamil Zaki  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

A Stanford psychologist offers a bold new understanding of empathy, and shows how we can expand our circle of care, even in these divisive times
 
Empathy is in short supply. Isolation and tribalism are rampant. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States is suffering from an “empathy deficit.” Since then, things only seem to have gotten worse.   
 
It doesn’t have to be this way. In this groundbreaking book, Jamil Zaki argues that empathy is not a fixed trait—something we’re born with or not—but rather a skill that we can all strengthen through effort. 
 

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Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Frans de Waal on chimpanzees

Radio 4 - The Life Scientific, Frans de Waal on chimpanzees | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
We share 99% of our DNA with the chimpanzee and the bonobo. And yet we're often surprised to learn that apes, like us, can be both kind and clever. Behavioural biologist and best-selling author, Frans de Waal has spent many years observing our closest living animal relatives. He pioneered studies of kindness and peace-making in primates, when other scientists were focussing on violence, greed and aggression.

 

Empathy, he argues, has a long evolutionary history; and he is determined to undermine our arrogant assumptions of human superiority. Frans talks to Jim Al-Khalili about growing up on the Dutch polders, chimpanzee politics, and the extraordinary sex lives of the bonobos.

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This filmmaker sat down neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned.

This filmmaker sat down neo-Nazis and jihadists. Here’s what she learned. | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Absolutely, and I’m grateful that you’re doing this work. I do, however, think it’s important to restate that empathy has its limits, and there are many, many people in these movements who cannot be reached and have to be confronted and, frankly, defeated.

Deeyah Khan
I agree 100 percent. There were several moments in which I discovered the limits of empathy and was genuinely concerned about my own safety. I remember traveling to a white supremacist training camp somewhere in Tennessee and there were two or three ex-military guys following me around and telling me right to my face, “I’m going to put a fucking bullet through your camera. I’m going to put a fucking bullet through your head if you turn that camera toward me.”
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How to Close the Empathy Gap | For Parents | US News

How to Close the Empathy Gap | For Parents | US News | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
WHEN I WORKED AS A school-based therapist, meeting with small groups of kids –often girls – was a regular occurrence. The great benefit of having therapists on campus was that kids didn’t have to sit with uncomfortable emotions throughout the day. They could, and did, seek help when needed.

On one particular day, three middle school girls collapsed on my couch and began to vent their frustrations about a peer. The peer in question had a tendency to both seek attention from the group at all times and interrupt frequently should the attention of the group shift away from her. They were tired of it, and they wanted me to help them figure out a way to talk to their peer about these issues without her “falling apar
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Jacqueline Acho- Author of ‘Empathy Deficit Disorder’ Breaks Down the Ways Emotional & Physical Toxicity Can Affect Your Health & Well-Being 

Jacqueline Acho- Author of ‘Empathy Deficit Disorder’ Breaks Down the Ways Emotional & Physical Toxicity Can Affect Your Health & Well-Being  | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Jacqueline Acho- Author of ‘Empathy Deficit Disorder’
Breaks Down the Ways Emotional & Physical Toxicity Can Affect Your Health & Well-Being
Healing from our mix-ups about work, home, and sex.
Author: LIVE On Lakeside

Do you feel like the news is always discouraging you? Or that our country is divided in many ways and the emotional and physical toxicity of all of this may be affecting your health & well-being? The good news is, there are words for what is happening. You are suffering from Empathy Deficit Disorder. Hollie & Alexa were joined by the Co-Author of “Empathy Deficit Disorder” and President of The Acho Group, Jacqueline Acho, to learn more about EDD.

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EmpathyCircle.com - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

EmpathyCircle.com - Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process.  The process supports meaningful and constructive dialogue. The basic process can be fairly easily learned in about 15 minutes.  It increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction.   

 

STEPS TO TAKE PART...

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Empathy Initiative in Healthcare

Empathy Initiative in Healthcare | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

 The Empathy Initiative is a group of like-minded academics and practitioners with a strong belief in the power and potential of empathy to change lives and improve the quality of care provided to patients/clients/residents.

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(Empathic Leadership) Stop Workplace Drama With Empathy

(Empathic Leadership) Stop Workplace Drama With Empathy | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
Empathetic leaders find younger workers lacking empathy like never before, yet can adequately build the self-image of their workers of any age by emotionally connecting with their state of mind. This is a retention strategy that doesn’t take long because the nervous system is emotionally reading others hundreds of times per second.

Empathetic leaders avoid judgments about drama and instead identify the emotions within. By shifting the focus from the attention-getting facts to the heart of the matter, employees internalize your authenticity, which evokes maturity and belonging. Belonging is crucial to motivation. People work harder when they feel belonging.
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Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles (2019-01-26)

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(Empathy in Education) Top 7 Best Empathy Lesson Plans and Why You Need Them

(Empathy in Education) Top 7 Best Empathy Lesson Plans and Why You Need Them | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it

Over the past decade, teaching empathy has surged in popularity across United States education. Some schools may not teach it yet. Others may teach it as early as elementary schools. Some even give it a shot in middle schools and high schools.

  1. But why is empathy important to teach?
  2. Isn’t it something that people are just born having?
  3. And if you do have to teach it, how can you teach a soft skill that's so conceptual and non-concrete?


In this blog post, we’ll answer all of those questions so you can start teaching empathy  tomorrow!

Now that you’re motivated to teach empathy, let’s lighten the mood with some awesome empathy lesson plans! 

  • 1. Developing Empathy (Teaching Tolerance)
  • 2. Empathy in Your Classroom (The Teachers Guild) 
  • 3. Be Fearless, Be Kind: An Empathy Toolkit (Hasbro & Ashoka)
  • 4. Empathy Activities (Preventing Bullying)
  • 6. Start Empathy: Diversity and Respect (Minneapolis Public Schools)
  • 7. 4 Proven Strategies for Teaching Empathy (Edutopia)
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LISTENING WITH EMPATHY: Listening to the people who think we are wrong

LISTENING WITH EMPATHY: Listening to the people who think we are wrong | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it


I was a law professor before coming to the foundation. Asked about the educational mission of law school, most of my former colleagues would probably say something about learning fundamental legal concepts, coupled with the analytic moves needed to “think like a lawyer.”

 

But I have long believed that the most important skill we teach young lawyers is how to appreciate an opposing argument in its strongest light: how to hear it with tolerance and see it as it appears through the eyes of the person making it. Put simply, we help law students understand how an argument that seems completely wrong to them can seem right and reasonable to someone else.

Let’s call that “listening with empathy.”

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Empathy in the workplace - what we’re doing - HMRC digital

Empathy in the workplace - what we’re doing - HMRC digital | Empathy Circle Magazine | Scoop.it
My name is Emma Jefferies, I am a User Researcher at HMRC. Back in August I wrote a blog post about The Empathy Experiments. A lot has happened since then so I wanted to share some of what we’ve learned.

Putting empathy into the workplace
I’ve been working with colleagues - in particular Gill Kennedy from our Digital Standards and Assurance team, and Alex Kean our Head of Product Management - to create a workplace empathy programme to promote empathy in our everyday working environments. We’ve set up initial pilots across HMRC and started to build a community around empathy, both in HMRC and across government.
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