To be pedagogically kind is to be deeply committed justice, to believing students, and to believing in students. It is a far cry from niceness – the effort to always be agreeable and to avoid conflict – focusing instead on empowering students to be the active co-creators of their learning experiences. Being kind means rethinking our syllabi, our assignments, the homework we ask of our students, and the way we run our classrooms. It prioritizes accessibility, and creates the conditions for everyone involved in teaching and learning to experience delight. At every turn, it is rooted in a simple question that asks us to wrestle with both our hopes and our teaching fears: why not be kind?