Cultivating a Positive Classroom Climate with Bushido (Way of the Warrior)

Saturday, October 5th, 2019 8:15-11:45 AM

This professional development workshop on "Cultivating a Positive Classroom Climate with Bushido (Way of the Warrior)” for K-14 educators was held in conjunction with the Greater Kansas City Japan Festival at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS in the Carlsen Center, Room 126 A. 

Workshop description: Contrary to their image as rough warriors, Japan’s elite samurai also demonstrated a softer side by training in the cultural arts and establishing schools (terakoya) for commoners during the Edo period (1603-1868). The code of Bushido became the basis for teaching ethics in Japan with principles that are still relevant today.  As expectations and challenges for educators continue to rise, fostering a classroom climate that cultivates respect, self-awareness, compassion, and courage can establish a foundation on which instruction and discovery can thrive for all students. In this workshop, educators will gain insights and understanding about the samurai and Bushido by adapting modern interpretations of the code to everyday life in the classroom and beyond.

Workshop objectives: Educators will be able to gain an expanded understanding of the Bushido lifestyle and social structure that blossomed during the Edo period. Through this exploration, educators will be able to apply concepts from Japanese cultural and martial arts to establish and enhance a classroom climate of cooperation, respect, and empathy.

Benefits: FREE admission to the Japan Festival, additional resources plus option for one graduate credit through Baker University Graduate School of Education.  

Contact workshop leader Dianne Daugherty at