Tyll Zybura

Lehre und Lerne | Teach and Learn


Tyll Zybura | 10 May 2017 |

I write essays about my teaching practice and how an empathetic attitude can be translated into teaching action. Also check out my writing over at Unconditional-Teaching.com.

The most wonderful student letters

For Christmas 2020, Katharina and I received a box full of lovely letters from students who express their appreciation for our teaching. :)

4 Jan 2021 | Tags: News, Essays

Life during the pandemic: staying focused in your home office

Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is a challenge. This entry grew out of emails that I wrote to students who asked me about strategies to help them focus on their work.

28 May 2020 | 1 comment | Tags: Essays, Miscellaneous, Corona crisis, Time management, Focus, Pomodoro, Productivity

Keep contact to your students in this time of crisis

This is a call to teachers and supervisors to take proactive steps to keep in (virtual) touch with your students in a time of crisis.

19 Mar 2020 | Tags: Essays, Corona crisis, Teacher-student communication, Doing empathy

Project: Unconditional Teaching

A living manifesto for healthier relationships in education. A project in collaboration with Katharina Pietsch and Jessica Koch.

20 Dec 2019 | Tags: Essays, Unconditional Teaching

Magic questions to ask students about their writing

In my writing supervision I focus on process instead of results and on reflection instead of adherence to rules to help students experience more agency over their writing when they become aware of their own writing strategies.

27 Nov 2019 | Tags: Essays, Teaching writing, Teacher-student communication

Congruent self- and supervisor assessment

Students often express that my responses to their writing are in consonance with their own self-assessment, which motivates them to revise their papers. The specific form of my responses facilitates this congruity, and here’s why.

7 Aug 2019 | Tags: Essays, Teaching writing, Teacher-student communication

Bullet journaling 2: Specific techniques I use

20 Mar 2019 | Tags: Essays, Miscellaneous, Bullet journaling, Self care, Time management

Bullet journaling 1: How it works for me

19 Mar 2019 | Tags: Essays, Miscellaneous, Bullet journaling, Self care, Time management

Relieving stress in student writing

I found that I can relieve the writing anxiety many of my students have by de-emphasising normative writing advice and facilitating an appreciative, non-evaluative awareness of their individual writing strategies.

27 May 2018 | Tags: Essays, Teaching writing

On ‘embracing mediocrity’

Students often have an unhealthy all-or-nothing attitude toward their work which increases stress levels. They relax a bit when they learn to prioritize their work and allow themselves to ‘embrace mediocrity’ on low-stakes tasks to save time and energy.

6 Mar 2018 | 1 comment | Tags: Essays, Teacher-student communication, Time management

Downscaling course prep tasks

When students don’t do my prep assignments, I teach them how to ‘downscale’ homework instead of not doing it at all. This leads to homework being done more consistently as it empowers students to consciously manage their resources and priorities.

2 Mar 2018 | Tags: Essays, Teacher-student communication, Time management, Doing empathy

Appreciative responses to student writing

When I respond to student writing, I want to take it seriously as scholarly work with a communicative intent. This 6-step-method of writing responses makes my feedback as effective as possible both in terms of its usefulness for students and in terms of the time it takes me to do.

3 Nov 2017 | Tags: Essays, Teaching writing, Feedback

Revision-oriented supervision of student writing

Feedback that is given on late-stage draft versions of student writing instead of on finalized papers is more meaningful to students because they can immediately use it for a revision of their work. Especially if the feedback is an appreciative response.

27 Oct 2017 | Tags: Essays, Teaching writing

No apologies necessary

In my experience as a teacher, students apologize far too much. I think that is troubling, so I try to reframe their ‘failure’ to meet some formal expectation or other as a chance to take control of their own learning.

5 Jul 2017 | Tags: Essays, Teacher-student communication

For strategies-based teaching

Against the rhetoric of competency-based teaching, I set a rhetoric of teaching strategies which focuses on the resources that students already have rather than on their presumed deficiencies.

7 May 2017 | Tags: Essays, Teaching writing, Teacher-student communication

Stepping stone writing tasks

Writing academic papers is an incredibly involved procedure which brings together many different skills. Often students achieve better results and more confidence about their work when the writing is scaffolded through a series of interconnected steps.

6 May 2017 | Tags: Essays, Teaching writing

The benefits of writing portfolios

My students and I have made positive experiences with writing portfolios. Here’s why.

1 May 2017 | Tags: Essays, Teaching writing