Whole-hearted Teaching (Ganstrom, Erickson, Bates Slone, Crawford, Haag)

Educators are increasingly shifting from only teaching knowledge-based curriculum to striving to help develop the entire person. Current evaluation tools show an increased value placed on approachability, faculty interest in students’ understanding, discussion, respect, relevance to real-life situations and learning experience rather than the siloed learning of skill or knowledge. This new model might be labeled as empathetic or whole-hearted instruction. According to Alison Smith, cultivating work/life balance, self-care, healthy eating, a peaceful environment, community, mindfulness, gratitude, passion, and purpose all contribute to authenticity which is ultimately the side effect of wholehearted living.


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