Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice

Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice

by Becky Thompson

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Imagine a classroom that explores the twinned ideas of embodied teaching and a pedagogy of tenderness. Becky Thompson envisions such a curriculum--and a way of being--that promises to bring about a sea change in education.
Teaching with Tenderness follows in the tradition of bell hooks's 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, offer 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 constant companion, moves us beyond binaries; and praises self and community care.
Tenderness examines contemporary challenges to teaching about race, gender, class, nationality, sexuality, religion, and other hierarchies. It examines the ethical, emotional, political, and spiritual challenges of teaching power-laden, charged issues and the consequences of shifting power relations in the classroom and in the community. Attention to current contributions in the areas of contemplative practices, trauma theory, multiracial feminist pedagogy, and activism enable us to envision steps toward a pedagogy of liberation. The book encourages active engagement and makes room for self-reflective learning, teaching, and scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252082702
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 08/03/2017
Series: Transformations: Womanist studies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 904,762
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Becky Thompson is a professor of sociology at Simmons College. Her books include Survivors on the Yoga Mat: Stories for Those Healing from Trauma and Promise and A Way of Life: White Antiracist Activism .

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword AnaLouise Keating ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Thatched Roof, No Walls 17

2 Inviting Bodies 27

3 Creating Rituals 39

4 Why We Flee 63

5 To You, I Belong 85

6 Our Bodies in the World 105

Notes 113

Bibliography 129

Index 139

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