At Teach Learn Change, we are constantly evolving our teaching practices by learning from our students and our mistakes. Often, teaching equates to someone standing at the front of the classroom (yoga studio or teacher training) and assuming the position of expert, lecturer, or more dangerously, guru. Even when teachers understand the importance of actively engaging students, in practice, teaching methods remain top-down, content-centered and one-directional. You’ve been there: getting through content is the priority; student questions are held until the end (if addressed at all); hours listening to debates that are only tangentially relevant to building critical thinking and interpersonal skills; assignments that test memorization rather than application and innovation; and assumptions by teachers that subject area expertise equates to engaged teaching. Instead of content-centric teaching, we focus on student-centric teaching, where everyone is valued for their questions, actions and knowledge; where teachers understand the limits of their knowledge and experience; where no one shies away from questions we don’t know (or want to know) the answers to; and where we constantly challenge our blindspots, assumptions and expectations. We believe that all teaching and learning is political – even when we try to bypass this reality – and that what we do in the classroom must be met with action in the world that leads to empathy, self-knowledge, non-violence, peace and equity.