Unconditional Teaching

a living manifesto for healthier relationships in education

Category: Teaching practices

Podcast: Learning is social

Katharina Pietsch | 8 Aug 2021

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.

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

Katharina Pietsch | 18 Jul 2021

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.

Podcast: The Empathetic Online Classroom

Katharina Pietsch | 11 Feb 2021 | 1 comment

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.

Podcast: Teaching a Writers’ Room

Tyll Zybura | 27 Oct 2020

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”.

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.

Teaching about plagiarism (or not)

Tyll Zybura | 22 Jun 2020 | 2 comments

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.

Podcast: Writing in English Studies

Jessica Koch | 15 Jun 2020 | 5 comments

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.

Podcast: 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.