Unconditional Teaching

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Category: Teaching practices

Podcast 02: how to teach theory

Katharina Pietsch | 18 May 2020

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

Learning with the freedom to make mistakes

Katharina Pietsch, with contributions by Tyll Zybura | 3 Mar 2020

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.

Downscaling course prep tasks

Tyll Zybura | 14 Oct 2019

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.

Relieving stress in student writing

Tyll Zybura | 14 Oct 2019

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.

No apologies necessary

Tyll Zybura | 14 Oct 2019 | 1 comment

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.