Unconditional Teaching

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Tag: Teaching practices

Podcast: Eine Ressource sein statt eine Hürde

In dieser – diesmal deutschsprachigen – Folge des Unconditional Teaching Podcast sprechen wir über kleine, aber wirkungsvolle Lehrpraktiken, die dazu beitragen, dass Studierende uns als Ressource und nicht als Hürde wahrnehmen.

7 Oct 2021 | Tags: Podcasts, Teaching practices, Kollaborative Lehre, Vulnerability, Lehr-Lern-Beziehung

Podcast: Learning is social

In this episode we talk to Sophie Gigl and Benjamin Stuhr, who are students at Bielefeld university, about how online teaching has made meaningful learning much harder for them and what this tells us about teaching and learning in general.

8 Aug 2021 | Tags: Podcasts, Teaching practices, Analysis, Online Teaching, Distance teaching, Distance learning, Asynchronous teaching

We choose which version of our students we invite into our classroom

In this article I explore what we as teachers can do in order to invite the best version of our students into our classroom, taking my cue from Solution Focused coaches, who are experts in inviting a version of their clients into the session that wants to make their life better and has the resources to do so.

18 Jul 2021 | Tags: Essays, Teaching practices, Student-teacher relationship, Solution Focused Practice

Podcast: The Empathetic Online Classroom

In this episode Tyll talks about a five-day block seminar that he taught in July 2020 entitled “Owning Your Position: Critical Argumentation Skills for Scholars of Culture” in which he and the students created a very supportive, empathetic classroom atmosphere.

11 Feb 2021 | 1 comment | Tags: Podcasts, Teaching practices, Argumentation skills, Vulnerability, Student-teacher relationship, Social contract, Online teaching

Podcast: Teaching a Writers’ Room

In this episode Jessica and Tyll talk to Katharina about a five-day block seminar that she taught in February 2020 entitled “Confronting the Climate Crisis: A Writers’ Room for Cultural Scholars”.

27 Oct 2020 | Tags: Podcasts, Teaching practices, Teaching writing, Writers’ Room, Pomodoro Technique

Good Girl = Good Teacher?

Kindness and the tendency to accommodate others can help to foster relationships in education. However, when “Good Girls” grow up to be teachers, their uncompromising yearning for other people’s affections may have problematic consequences.

13 Oct 2020 | Tags: Essays, Mental health, Teaching practices

Teaching about plagiarism (or not)

As teachers, we need to frame plagiarism as a technical problem, not a moral one. Learning how to avoid plagiarism is an integral part of learning what academic writing is about. In fact, once students understand how and why to write as scholars, plagiarism will become a non-issue.

22 Jun 2020 | 2 comments | Tags: Essays, Analysis, Teaching practices, Teaching writing, Plagiarism, Accountability, Positionality, Ownership

Podcast: Writing in English Studies

In this episode, we discuss Tyll’s and Katharina’s recent book publication – Writing in English Studies: A Guide for Students in English Linguistics and Literature.

15 Jun 2020 | 5 comments | Tags: Teaching practices, Teaching writing, Podcasts

Podcast: How to teach theory

In this episode of the Unconditional Teaching Podcast, Tyll, Jessica and Katharina talk about the difficulties in facilitating students’ engagement with theory.

18 May 2020 | Tags: Podcast, Teaching practices, Teaching theory

Learning with the freedom to make mistakes

In higher education, mistakes are seen as something that needs to be punished. This article argues that ‘making mistakes’ is a vital part of learning and that learning needs the freedom to make mistakes to be healthy.

3 Mar 2020 | Tags: Essays, Analysis, Teaching practices, Making mistakes, Healthy learning, High-stakes learning, Grades

Downscaling course prep tasks

When students don’t do my prep assignments, I teach them how to ‘downscale’ homework instead of not doing it at all. This leads to homework being done more consistently as it empowers students to consciously manage their resources and priorities.

14 Oct 2019 | Tags: Essays, Teaching practices, Communication, Time management

Relieving stress in student writing

I found that I can relieve the writing anxiety many of my students have by de-emphasising normative writing advice and facilitating an appreciative, non-evaluative awareness of their individual writing strategies.

14 Oct 2019 | Tags: Essays, Teaching practices, Teaching writing, Strategies-based teaching

No apologies necessary

In my experience as a teacher, students apologize far too much. I think that is troubling, so I try to reframe their ‘failure’ to meet some formal expectation or other as a chance to take control of their own learning.

14 Oct 2019 | 1 comment | Tags: Essays, Teaching practices, Communication