Unconditional Teaching

a living manifesto for healthier relationships in education


Team UnTeach | 3 Oct 2019 |

Recent articles

Good Girl = Good Teacher?

Jessica Koch | 13 Oct 2020

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.

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

Jessica Koch | 11 Aug 2020

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?

Jessica erhält den Grotemeyer-Preis für gute Lehre

Katharina Pietsch | 5 Aug 2020

Jessica wurde mit dem Karl-Peter-Grotemeyer-Preis unserer Universität für hervorragende Leistungen und persönliches Engagement in der Lehre ausgezeichnet. / Jessica was awarded our university’s Karl Peter Grotemeyer Award for outstanding achievements and personal commitment in teaching.

Mind_over_matter: A project by the English Drama Group

Katharina Pietsch | 28 Jul 2020

Mind_over_matter is a collection of short films produced by Bielefeld University’s English Drama Group that investigate how the censoring and self-censoring of our identity and emotions affect our mental health.

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Where to start?

After reading a short introductory text about this project, we suggest that you start with the essays that describe the MINDSET which underlies our approach. Here, we write on how we understand ‘unconditionality’, why it is important and what kind of thinking goes along with it.

The essays in the category ANALYSIS are critical reflections on education. Here, we try to disentangle the problems that we encountered in our teaching practice, and their systemic underpinnings.

In the essays on TEACHING PRACTICES, we present particular applications of our mindset, and solutions to some of the problems we identify.

Some of our concepts explicitly address issues of MENTAL HEALTH and self-care; or they reframe institutionalized discourses in more mindful, holistic ways.


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