Gentle Teaching

At Soedisbakke in Denmark, a domicile and activity centre for adults with developmental disabilities, and a workplace for social educators, they use a philosophy of actively practicing love and compassion at the work place.

The idea is that showing love and compassion is part of the job description and constitutes a fundamental framework for the work of the staff. It is not so much a method but rather a certain approach which means that all contact and communication is done in a gentle manner, with a soft voice and respect, avoiding speaking with harsh words. The approach is called Gentle Teaching.

If there is a situation with outwarded reactions, instead of saying “You need to spend time on your own”, as a way of calming down the situation, the staff will rather say “I know you’re upset and this is ok, but perhaps you want to be alone for a bit?”

For the employees at Soedisbakken, being paid for showing love and compassion doesn’t feel strange. As one employee puts it: “I get paid to do what I am really good at – and I am really good at being with other people in a gentle and loving manner”

Gentle Teaching was founded by John McGee from Pourto Rico. Read more about the principles of Gentle Teaching .

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One Response to “Gentle Teaching”

  • Dea Engberg:

    If your work place uses a certain philosophy or approach, or certain methods in their work with people with disabilities or troubled children, please do not hesitate to share it with your international colleagues.

    Reply to this thread and spill the beans.

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