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

Hardcover | August 17, 2007

byParker J. Palmer

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"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.

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"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 o...

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Celebrating 10 Years of The Courage to TeachI 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 ar...

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 writin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1 inPublished:August 17, 2007Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0787996866

ISBN - 13:9780787996864

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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?"
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Extra Content

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.