But That Teacher Doesn’t Like Me: The Importance of a Relational Pedagogy

When: June 15, 2015

Guest: Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison

Host: Kathy Evans

Dorothy Vaandering, Ph.D. (Memorial University in Newfoundland) and Brenda Morrison, Ph.D. (Simon Fraser University in Vancouver) will be our guests for this discussion about the ways in which restorative justice can improve the relationships between students and teachers, in particular. Many times, students feel that their teachers do not like them. This lack of mutual respect interferes with student engagement with their peers, their teachers, and also significantly with learning. Restorative Justice in Education is grounded on the central principal that healthy relationships matter. Dorothy Vaandering and Brenda Morrison, established educators and researchers, will share with us aspects of relational pedagogy, emphasizing the importance of building relationships with students, and discussing how RJE helps teachers to do that. Along with the other webinars in this Summer RJE series, this is co-sponsored by Coming to the Table, a racial reconciliation organization affiliated with EMU.