- Emphatic Listening
During today's lecture on Emphatic Listening, I was blown away with this strategy and thought I could see myself using this technique in my classroom. The idea is to periodically say a summary of what you sense the other person is thinking, feeling, and needing at that moment. There is no judgement or attitude used by the listener and this will ensure a clear understanding. Empathic Listening is also called Reflective listening and mirroring. I thought it was very beneficial when we were in pairs and practicing this skill. I loved the example, "You are _______________ (feeling word/emotion) because _______________ (state the specific reason that has caused these feelings/emotions)." I can see the importance of this skill when I am in a classroom. It is vital to make a connections with the children and to come across genuine, sympathetic, and approachable.