Components of Pedagogies of Flourishing

You might be interested in pedagogies of flourishing if you:

  • Care about the wellbeing of your students more than you care about the content of your discipline
  • Recognize the whole student, including physical, mental, spiritual and emotional lives, personal history, social contexts, life experiences, etc.
  • Value process as much as (or perhaps more than) product
  • Aim to help students find their voices and build their sense of agency
  • Value the self as subject of inquiry (including noticing and discernment) in addition to course/disciplinary content
  • Honor interdependence¬†
  • Challenge objective truth claims as forms of domination
  • Consider the relationships between awareness and action
  • Encourage collaboration rather than competition
  • Are comfortable with emergent outcomes
  • Use processes for intention-setting and reflection to book-end experiences
  • Teach students to apply concepts to their everyday lives
  • Recognize the power of education to cultivate dispositions in addition to delivering content and developing skills
  • Encourage students to use their learning process to transform society in socially just ways
  • Believe that education should be transformational