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Teaching, Kindfulness, Empathy, Cordes Chair Talk


In today’s world of self-absorption and social and political division, we all need a space that is welcoming and inviting. Teaching with just intellect and without heart may be ‘safe’ but can lead to passionless learning. Creating a classroom that honors space for everyone in the room with a trusting environment can help students find the “So what?” and “Who cares?” that may lurk within the course content. Teachers who view themselves simply as a delivery mechanism for content is missing the opportunity to turn on kindness and compassion in their students that can help build a better humanity. Dr. Butcher encourages us to realize the need for kindfulness in our curriculum and he will share with us her journey in the creation of the Communicating with Kindness course.