Humans First

TeachHuman's Core Value

Teachers are human beings before they are anything else.

Students are human beings before they are anything else.

Teaching and learning well shouldn't cost someone their health or their identity.

TeachHuman offers an approach to teaching that honors the humanness of teachers and students. It does this by thinking big about what a healthy teacher-life and flourishing classroom interactions can look like, and then developing specific practices that teachers can build into their teaching and their lives.

This site presents the result of thinking big: courses that train teachers to teach thoughtfully and efficiently while being their human selves, and materials that make teaching and learning more joyful, more humane, and more effective.

The most thorough program for bringing this approach into your teacher-life is the flagship series Teach Like a Human. But there are lots of other workshops and courses of various lengths, and more materials for teaching are frequently added. For the best value, grab a Site-Wide Pass!

If you have any questions about what you find here, please feel free to inquire by email.

Happy learning, teaching, and living!

Hi, I’m JSB.

About Justin Slocum Bailey

I’m crazy about helping teachers and learners succeed with less stress and more joy. In my 15 years as a teacher and program designer, I have become a mad scientist of teaching and learning, always looking for ways to help teachers and students not just teach and learn better, but also live more balanced and fulfilling lives. I created TeachHuman because of my commitment to this goal, and I am confident that what is offered here can improve both your teaching and your life! 

I have taught and designed programs in languages, literature, and guitar for learners of all ages, and get to travel all over the globe learning, teaching, and exchanging ideas about education. I used to design and teach test prep programs, and I study and teach a style of Japanese jujutsu called Hakko Denshin Ryu.

I grew up in Austria and still feel most at home in big cities and big mountains, but have found my way to Ann Arbor, Michigan, by way of Vancouver and Los Angeles. I hope we get to connect sometime, whether online or in person! In the meantime, check out the growing collection of content and especially the Site-Wide Pass, which you can currently get at a ridiculously low Founding Member price.

I wish you joyful teaching, learning, and living!

~ Justin Slocum Bailey

PS. If you have questions about anything on this site or are looking for more customized training for your school, district, or organization, please feel free to contact me here.

You can see an sampling of schools, districts, universities, and organizations I've worked with below.

Partners: School Districts

Some of the districts Justin has worked with

  • School District of Philadelphia logo
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools logo
  • District of Columbia Public Schools logo
  • Saint Paul Public Schools logo
  • Los Angeles Unified School District logo
  • San Antonio North East ISD logo
  • Albemarle County Public Schools logo
  • South Burlington School District logo
  • Massapequa Public Schools logo

Partners: Universities

Some of the universities Justin has worked with

  • Duke University logo
  • Columbia University logo
  • University of Arizona logo
  • Middlebury College logo
  • Fordham University logo
  • Syracuse University logo
  • Notre Dame logo

Partners: Non-Profits & Publishers

Some of the organizations Justin has worked with

  • International Baccalaureate logo
  • Massachusetts Foreign Language Association logo
  • Teacher's Discovery logo
  • Dynamic Language Learning logo
  • Learn Together logo
  • COACH Foreign Language Project logo
  • Express Fluency logo
  • Fluency Fast logo
  • Fluency Matters logo

Partners: Independent Schools

Some of the schools Justin has worked with

  • Phillips Exeter Academy logo
  • Choate Rosemary Hall logo
  • Harvard Westlake School logo
  • Dana Hall School logo
  • Buckingham Browne & Nichols School logo
  • Hopkins school logo
  • Greenwich Academy logo
  • St Stephen's School Rome logo
  • Saint Ann's School Brooklyn logo

What People Say

Reports on JSB's Classes and Training

One of the most inspiring teachers, and humans, I've had the pleasure of knowing.

JSB is my new hero. I mean, I really enjoyed watching him work and hearing him speak. He's authentic, intelligent, sincere. The real deal.

I loved the interactivity with the teacher and other participants. Justin’s enthusiasm and sense of humor were amazing!

You won't find a more dynamic, practical, and informative workshop for your practice as a teacher.

Justin should be the keynote speaker at every conference!

I truly didn’t want today to end! This is the type of professional development that teachers crave.

One of the best speakers I have seen in my entire career!!

I tend to get distracted and overwhelmed at PDs, but what you were presenting and the way you presented it, was not overwhelming and was engaging for me 100%.

My new mantra is "Teach like JSB is watching!"

The best thing about this workshop was the safe environment. I didn’t feel intimidated or pressured to convert my entire classroom. We learned very reasonable strategies and activities to use immediately.

Awesome energy!

Justin's ease with students is pure magic.

Whenever I face a pedagogical decision, however big or small, I ask myself, "What would Justin do?"

Holy gifted batman! Justin's command of a classroom is amazing.

I learned a mountain of wonderful strategies!

He was so engaging and so entertaining. SUCH a great speaker and so inspirational!

Justin was great. I like that he is animated, yet low-key. He inspired me to recommit to a focus on communication as the essential task in my classes.

Quería darte las gracias por la clase de hoy, en verdad fue muy divertido e inspirador. Estaré al pendiente de tu vuelta a México para volver a tomar otro taller. ¡Gracias!

Ausgezeichnet! Your energy and true caring shone through so beautifully.

The movement! The hacks for staying in flow... So needed!

It was one of the best PDs because it not only gave me ideas for things to do w students but also just general ways to improve ourselves as teachers. It was engaging, interesting, fun, practical, and energetic (not like aerobics energy, but more positive healing uplifting energetic).

Justin is an amazing presenter. His demos were so much fun and very compelling!

One of the greatest teachers I have ever encountered.

His enthusiasm and engagement model so well.

You treated everyone in the class like they mattered PERSONALLY to you. You looked them in the eyes, you remembered their names, you TOLD them they were interesting. You were laughing, they were laughing, and you let the mistakes be part of the fun. Their successes were yours - you were EXCITED by their success.

Great explanations on strategies and management!

What I appreciated most was the specific activities I learned, combined with Justin’s willingness to engage with our questions and ideas.

An amazing experience.

Wow! Really enjoyed your presentation and energy. Thanks for all the ideas. Namaste.

Justin's presentation freed me up to do what I have long felt was best.

Your (Justin's) exemplary skills + empathy + humor. An inspiring model.

A totally accomplished and expert presenter! I will be studying this presentation in depth.

The kind of teacher/presenter I'd like to have a beer with.

I learned by experience that I really can do this!

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