Educational resources for caring teachers

And reskilling engineers.


The education, higher education and research sectors are going through a crisis in France (lack of qualified personnel, undervalued, unattractive professions, job insecurity, physical health, mental health of professionals and students). Some talk about the Stockholm syndrome while others see opportunities.

Photo by Илья Иванов on Pexels.
Photo by Илья Иванов on Pexels.

For technophiles convinced that a tablet or application can do 80% or even 100% of a teacher’s work, this is the opportunity to invest in digital technology, online lessons, remote learning, artificial intelligence algorithms like chatGPT which copy pastes Wikipedia…

For others, and in particular professionals in the field, in animation, education, higher education and research, it is the opportunity tolearn how to take care of the pedagogical relationship and give meaning to our teachings.

The following educational resources consider intelligence as the ability to create meaning, penetrate a shared world and reorganize one’s vision of the world, whether emotional, rational, intuitive, etc. They share a humanist, social and ecological vision of learning and can be useful for teaching, learning to manage difficult situations and strong emotions, but also for living well together, creating dynamics of mutual aid and solidarity, nourish motivation and strengthen cohesion.

These resources come largely from the training Taking care of the pedagogical relationship by Angela Biancofiore, artist and professor at Paul Valéry University, head of the group of scientific interest TEPCARE on the theories and practices of care, whom I thank for her training last June, as well as Malika Geidel, ex-teacher, whom I thank for her reading recommendations on pedagogy and for hosting me as a WOOFER this summer :) Thanks also to Morgann Raillecove and Cécile Tessier Pillet for their reading recommendations in sociology and on the fear of math!


To add your reading recommendations to the reference list, please contact me. Thank you!

[1] Luiginac Mortari and Marco Ubbiali. Service Learning: A Philosophy and Practice to Reframe Higher Education. Athens Journal of Education. 2021. - Citizen actions to promote student engagement.

[2] Alex Shevrin Venet. Equity-centered trauma-informed education (Equity and Social Justice in Education). WW Norton & Company, 2021.

[3] Patricia Jennings. The trauma-sensitive classroom: Building resilience with compassionate teaching. WW Norton & Company, 2018. - Example of the wall of gratitude in hospitals or words against violence, to rebalance emotions in the classroom.

[4] Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl & Robert W. Roeser. Handbook of Mindfulness in Education: Integrating Theory and Research into Practice. Springer, 2017.

[5] Tara Flippo. Social and emotional learning in action : experiential activities to positively impact school climate. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.

[6] Sian L. Beilock and Daniel T. Willingham. Math anxiety: Can teachers help students reduce it? Ask the cognitive scientist. American educator, 2014.

[7] Edward W. Taylor. Transformative learning theory: A neurobiological perspective of the role of emotions and unconscious ways of knowing. International Journal of lifelong education. 2001.

[8] Roger, Weissberg & Maurice J. Elias. Promoting social and emotional learning : guidelines for educators. ASCD, 1997.

[9] Daniel Goleman. Emotional intelligence. Why it can matter more than IQ. Learning, 1996.

[10] Maria Montessori. The Montessori method: Scientific pedagogy as applied to child education in ’the children’s houses’. 1912.

Michel Deudon
Michel Deudon
Professor, animator, independent

My research interests include ecology, psychology and language learning.