First and foremost, designing and delivering heterodox economics in contemporary conditions is highly context-specific. It depends upon the opportunities institutionally available, in terms of overall degree content, tolerance of colleagues, own abilities, and needs and capacities of students. In this light, drawing upon over forty years of teaching experience, some illustrative examples are given of what might be taught and how, teasing out how presentation of the mainstream can be the critical starting point for both exposing its deficiencies and opening the way for alternatives.