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← Insegnare con empatia | Anna Spertini | TEDxSiena

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Showing Revision 9 created 08/10/2017 by Anna Spertini.

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  2. On Empathic Teaching
  3. Good afternoon
    and thank you for the invitation.
  4. My name is Anna Spertini, I'm a teacher
  5. I teach children and teenagers
  6. and I have spent the last
    5 months of my life
  7. studying facial micro-expressions
    and the emotions related to them
  8. Here is for example
    an expression of sincere joy
  9. This, however, is the expression
    made by my friends
  10. when I tell them
    how I spent my summer ...
  11. I can see some discomfort,
    a certain embarrassment
  12. because actually
    facial micro-expressions
  13. are often related and associated
    to the unmasking of lies
  14. This is also thanks
    to a TV show from a few years ago.
  15. But the people don’t know, that
    by applying these techniques
  16. to another sector
    such as education,
  17. We can obtain a
    greater communication with students
  18. and even greater
    awareness of themselves.
  19. I am also a mom.
  20. My son's name is Alessandro, he is 9
  21. and he studies violin with the Suzuki method.
  22. The Suzuki method is an innovative method
    in the teaching of music
  23. universally recognized and also
    called “the mother-tongue method”.
  24. It was created in the last century
    by Shinichi Suzuki
  25. who is a Japanese
    violinist and teacher
  26. and the main foundation
    of this method is
  27. that everyone can
    learn from their environment.
  28. Therefore, when you create
    the right stimulating environment,
  29. you also foster
    the same feelings in the student
  30. and so you foster learning.
  31. Essential condition of the Suzuki method
  32. is the participation of
  33. at least one parent
  34. in the study path.
  35. And in fact the success
    of each Suzuki program
  36. lies exactly in the good quality
    of this so-called
  37. "Suzuki triangle"
    which is formed by the collaborative
  38. relationship between
    teacher, parent and child.
  39. This is a class of violin
  40. of the Suzuki School in Siena.
  41. My son’s violin teacher
    is Alessio Nacuzi
  42. and he usually sends
    several e-mails to parents
  43. to support them in their role
    of Suzuki parents
  44. and to help their children precisely
  45. in practicing the violin at home.
  46. Last spring,
    Alessio, sent an e-mail to all parents
  47. containing, among other things,
    a Web link
  48. to Paul Ekman's website.
  49. Paul Ekman is a researcher
    who has devoted
  50. his entire life researching
    facial micro-expressions
  51. and emotions related to them
  52. I went to visit the website
    and I noticed that
  53. there was a huge amount
    of interesting material
  54. not only for my teaching job,
    but also for me as a mom
  55. helping my son
    with violin practice at home.
  56. The material was immense
    and also pretty expensive
  57. so I asked Alessio
    to please share the expense.
  58. Alessio accepted and so
    we shared our study committment.
  59. We spent the entire summer studying
    and we were able in late Summer
  60. to obtain
    the FACS Coders Certificate.
  61. This is a certificate
    that is usually achieved
  62. by people who then
    collaborate as experts
  63. with the police or with the court.
  64. But we want to apply it to teaching
  65. because we believe
    that it will give us surprising results.
  66. And, on this occasion,
    I also get to know Alessio a bit better.
  67. I get to know some details of his life
    and how he arrived in Siena
  68. and I find out that
    as Paul Ekman has dedicated
  69. his whole life to studying
    facial micro-expressions,
  70. Alessio has devoted his entire life
    not only to music and violin,
  71. but also looking for a teaching method
    one of a kind.
  72. Imagine indeed to use
    various communication
  73. tools and techniques
  74. usually used in niche areas
  75. and to apply them to teaching.
  76. The effect is immediate,
    between teacher and students
  77. a deep communication
    and a deep empathy are created,
  78. the results are achieved
    much faster
  79. and with a stable well being condition.
  80. Mr Nacuzi is
    convinced that it is possible
  81. through various methods
    such as the Suzuki method
  82. Mental Training, NLP Coaching,
    Feldenkrais method, LAB Profile
  83. we can manage to get
    a situation for which
  84. at the time of the performance
    that is at the concert,
  85. the child is in a
    zero-stress condition
  86. and thus in a stable well being condition.
  87. Many Italian and foreign universities
  88. are interested
    in Alessio’s research.
  89. Including
    the Royal College of London
  90. and of course
    the Paul Ekman Group
  91. which has given us
    part of the study material.
  92. And then the passage is:
  93. How do we define
    the stress levels in children?
  94. There is a simple and reliable test
  95. called salivary cortisol test
  96. It consists in collecting
    a small sample of saliva
  97. from the subject at the time of the performance
  98. and so in this case, of the concert
  99. to measure the precise
    amount of cortisol.
  100. When this hormone
  101. that is produced
    by adrenal glands
  102. is present in high amount,
  103. it indicates a stress condition.
  104. Alessio Nacuzi in its years of experience
  105. applied exactly this teaching method
    on many children, his students
  106. and he saw that
    actually you can apply it
  107. it can be done and the results are there.
  108. I am an enthusiastic witness
    about this learning process
  109. because I saw that my son
  110. only after two years
    of violin practice
  111. is now able to play by heart
  112. more than 50 pieces,
    including highly complex pieces.
  113. And so, just think about it
  114. how we could
  115. apply a method of this kind
    even to other subjects
  116. such as Maths,
    History, Foreign Languages.
  117. We would finally
    give the opportunity
  118. to our children
    to take full advantage
  119. from this aspect of learning
  120. which will accompany them
    throughout their lives.
  121. And this brings us
  122. to the expression of sincere joy
    I showed you at the beginning
  123. Imagine your children
    happy to learn
  124. and highly motivated to do so
  125. and imagine your happiness
  126. when you realize
    what you have done for them.
  127. Thank you.
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