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Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice

Becky Thompson


Teaching with Tenderness follows in the tradition of bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress and Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, inviting us to draw upon contemplative practices (yoga, meditation, free writing, mindfulness, ritual) to keep our hearts open as we reckon with multiple injustices. Teaching with Tenderness makes room for emotion, offers a witness for experiences people have buried, welcomes silence, breath, and movement, and sees justice as key to our survival. It allows us to rethink our relationship to grading, office hours, desks, and faculty meetings, sees paradox as a con ... More

Keywords: Social justice, pedagogy, contemplative practices, racism, antiracism, intersectional feminism, embodiment, yoga, multiracial feminism, higher education, spiritual activism, pedagogy of tenderness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041167
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Becky Thompson, author
Simmons College