Unconditional Teaching

a living manifesto for healthier relationships in education

Tag: Mental health

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

First Aid in Mental Health: 3 things you can do to help your students and colleagues

How can we administer first aid in mental health emergencies if we feel that engaging with people (and often strangers) in distress is putting our own mental well-being at risk?

11 Aug 2020 | Tags: Essays, Mental health, Student-teacher relationship

Podcast: The Ph.D. as traumatic experience

In this episode of the Unconditional Teaching Podcast, Tyll and I talk to Jessica about her experience of writing and defending her Ph.D. thesis and the severe strain it put on her mental health.

25 Mar 2020 | 1 comment | Tags: Podcasts, Mental health, Analysis, PhD, Trauma, Academic career path, Exams

The discourse of wasted potential – a critique

The discourse of wasted potential is omnipresent but it may be a harmful way of speaking about ourselves, relating to others, and thinking about our or others' accomplishments.

14 Jan 2020 | 3 comments | Tags: Essays, Analysis, Mental health, Communication, Student-teacher relationship

Radical Acceptance and expectations in teaching

In this piece, I elaborate on how the concepts of Radical Acceptance, the “trust-default”, and the distinction between personal and professional expectations helped me to improve and feel better about my teaching and get a better understanding for what I think unconditionality in teaching should entail.

17 Dec 2019 | Tags: Essays, Mindset, Mental health, Radical Acceptance

Speaking to students about self-care and mental health

Spending thirty minutes of one class session on honest talk about stress and suffering and coping and healing can have an enormous positive impact on our students’ lives.

28 Oct 2019 | Tags: Essays, Mental health, Self-care, Empathy, Powertools

On ‘embracing mediocrity’

Students often have an unhealthy all-or-nothing attitude toward their work which increases stress levels. They relax a bit when they learn to prioritize their work and allow themselves to ‘embrace mediocrity’ on low-stakes tasks to save time and energy.

14 Oct 2019 | 1 comment | Tags: Essays, Mental health, Deutsche Übersetzung, Powertools