Unconditional Teaching

a living manifesto for healthier relationships in education

Tag: Communication

Showing vulnerability

Acknowledging our vulnerability as teachers by addressing difficulties in class openly is a powerful strategy for connection and learning.

17 Feb 2020 | 4 comments | Tags: Essays, Mindset, Vulnerability, Communication, Empathy, Conditional teaching

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

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

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