The Transformational Teacher's Caring Presence


  • Ronald D. Gordon The University of Hawai'i at Hilo


We regularly stray from honoring the centrality of our own humanity, and that of our students, in the teaching process. We become distracted by our routine tasks, preparations, meetings, tests, technological tools, and myriad other elements embedded in the teaching profession. Yet to respond to the call to teach is to accept the invitation to become an ever more Caring human being, and to communicate this ongoing Caring so that it is richly experienced by our students, especially at this point in time when stress, anxiety, confusion, and fear are at record levels among our students. To reclaim our personal sense of agency and more fully emancipate our human Caring for our students can be restorative, revolutionary, and transformational. This paper is a reflection and a call.






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