The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teachers Life

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The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teachers Life

by Parker J. Palmer

Wiley | August 17, 2007 | Hardcover

The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teachers Life is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." — Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction]

For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors.

This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess "a capacity for connectedness" and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.

BONUS: Includes an audio CD featuring a 45-minute conversation between Parker Palmer and his colleagues, Marcy Jackson and Estrus Tucker from the Center for Courage & Renewal. They reflect on what they have learned from working with thousands of teachers in their "Courage to Teach" program (www.CourageRenewal.org)and with others who yearn for greater integrity in their professional lives.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1 in

Published: August 17, 2007

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0787996866

ISBN - 13: 9780787996864

Found in: Religion and Spirituality

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A MUST HAVE Book. It's a MUST BOOK for all those who love teaching, who is learning to teach, and thinking about teaching.  Or just interested in teaching and educating.  It not only change the way you teach, learn, it also changes your thinking of many life perspectives.  This was one of my text book when I was in Christian Edu. at seminary.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Will Change the Way You Teach I highly recommend this book for anyone who finds themselves in a teaching environment (university, corporate, health promotion, kindergarten!). It will challenge commonly held ideas around what makes for a creative, provocative, and respectful teaching and learning space. It ultimately changed the way I view students, but more importantly helped me understand who I am as a teacher. Most inspirational for all those times you wonder "why am I doing this?"
Date published: 2000-10-22

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The Courage To Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teachers Life

by Parker J. Palmer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1 in

Published: August 17, 2007

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0787996866

ISBN - 13: 9780787996864

About the Book

Now updated, this title has always been about helping teachers recover their passion for teaching, one of the most difficult and conflicted professions. Pushed and pulled by regulations and institutions, teachers can feel ground down and demoralized without connection with the heart of their vocation.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition.

Gratitudes.

Introduction: Teaching from Within.

I The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching.

II A Culture of Fear: Education and the Disconnected Life.

III The Hidden Wholeness: Paradox in Teaching and Learning.

IV Knowing in Community: Joined by the Grace of Great Things.

V Teaching in Community: A Subject-Centered Education.

VI Learning in Community: The Conversation of Colleagues.

VII Divided No More: Teaching from a Heart of Hope.

Afterword: The New Professional: Education for Transformation.

Notes.

The Author.

The Center for Courage & Renewal.

About the CD.

Index.

From the Publisher

"This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." — Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction]

For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors.

This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess "a capacity for connectedness" and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.

BONUS: Includes an audio CD featuring a 45-minute conversation between Parker Palmer and his colleagues, Marcy Jackson and Estrus Tucker from the Center for Courage & Renewal. They reflect on what they have learned from working with thousands of teachers in their "Courage to Teach" program (www.CourageRenewal.org)and with others who yearn for greater integrity in their professional lives.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

From the Jacket

Celebrating 10 Years of The Courage to Teach

I am a teacher at heart, and there are moments in the classroom when I can hardly hold the joy. . . . But at other moments, the classroom is so lifeless or painful or confused—and I am so powerless to do anything about it—that my claim to be a teacher seems a transparent sham. . . . If you are a teacher who never has bad days, or who has them but does not care, this book is not for you. This book is for teachers who have good days and bad, and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life.
—From the Introduction

Today, ten years after the publication of The Courage to Teach, I am more hopeful than ever about the potential for education reform because this book has helped me meet so many people who care passionately about teaching and learning and are willing to act on their passion. "Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher''s life" allows us to return, grounded and renewed, to the outer landscape of our lives. Having taken heart in the work to which we are called, we can give heart once again to our students, our colleagues, our schools, and our world—a world where heartlessness yields only to gifts and graces that come from within.
—Adapted from the Foreword to the 10th Anniversary Edition

CD included with exclusive conversation with Parker J. Palmer about the Courage to Teach Movement — past, present, and future.

About the Author

Parker J. Palmer is a highly respected writer, lecturer, teacher, and activist. His work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life, including education, medicine, religion, law, philanthropy, the public sector, and social change. Author of seven books, including the bestsellers Let Your Life Speak and A Hidden Wholeness, his writing has been recognized with ten honorary doctorates and a number of national awards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.