The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life

by Parker J. Palmer

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Wisdom that's been inspiring, motivating, and guiding teachers for two decades

The Courage to Teach speaks to the joys and pains that teachers of every sort know well. Over the last 20 years, the book has helped countless educators reignite their passion, redirect their practice, and deal with the many pressures that accompany their vital work.

Enriched by a new Foreword from Diana Chapman Walsh, the book builds on a simple premise: good teaching can never be reduced to technique. Good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher, that core of self where intellect, emotion, and spirit converge—enabling 'live encounters' between teachers, students, and subjects that are the key to deep and lasting learning. Good teachers love learners, learning, and the teaching life in a way that builds trust with students and colleagues, animates their daily practice, and keeps them coming back tomorrow.

  • Reclaim your own vision and purpose against the threat of burn-out
  • Understand why good teaching cannot be reduced to technique alone
  • Explore and practice the relational traits that good teachers have in common
  • Learn how to forge learning connections with your students and "teach across the gap"

Whether used for personal study, book club exploration, or professional development, The Courage to Teach is rich with time-honored wisdom, and contemporary clarity about the ancient arts of teaching and learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119413042
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: 20th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 130,736
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

PARKER J. PALMER is a highlyrespected writer, lecturer, teacher, and activist. He is founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, which offers long-term retreat programs for people in the serving professions, including teachers, administrators, physicians, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and clergy. Author of nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, A Hidden Wholeness, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and The Heart of Higher Education, Palmer has been recognized with thirteen 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.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition ix
Diana Chapman Walsh

Foreword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition xvii
Parker J. Palmer

Gratitudes xxvii

Introduction: Teaching from Within 1

I The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching 9

II A Culture of Fear: Education and the Disconnected Life 35

III The Hidden Wholeness: Paradox in Teaching and Learning 63

IV Knowing in Community: Joined by the Grace of Great Things 91

V Teaching in Community: A Subject-Centered Education 117

VI Learning in Community: The Conversation of Colleagues 145

VII Divided No More: Teaching from a Heart of Hope 169

Afterword: The New Professional: Education for Transformation 191

Notes 215

The Author 225

The Center for Courage & Renewal 227

About the Companion Media 229

Index 231

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Courage to Teach 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book I am 18 years old and about to go to college to study education, this book has helped me to understand not what a teacher is and what they do but to give a beautiful emotonal view on what to expect. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Palmer has found the voice for teachers. Read it, cry, think, cry, and teach.
Zorakw 12 months ago
I just purchased this book for a class that starts on Monday, June 3. Unfortunately, I won't be able to read it. Unknown to me, I can't see it on my iMac. When I tried to figure out why, here's what I read on the nook page: "Unfortunately, we no longer support updates to NOOK for PC or NOOK for Mac, and recommend that you visit the NOOK Reading Apps page for more details regarding the NOOK Reading Apps that we currently offer. All of your prior NOOK content purchases will be available in your NOOK Library when you download and sign in to one of our current NOOK Reading Apps." This is ridiculous. I will be trying to get my money back. I'm not going to give B&N another dime for nook. A person should be able to read it on the device they already have. I can't see things well on my phone. Type is too small. So, I hope this helps others who are thinking of purchasing ebooks on their older devices.
JerryColonna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful for leaders to read as we are all, always teaching.
kathleenthereader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book for teachers, or ayone who cares about what they do and integrity.
mfassold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Parker Palmer has a big vocabulary and makes you pull out the dicionary every now and then, but reading this book is a must for any current or future teacher. Teaching is a calling based around the love of students and subject. Reading Palmer is like mining for gold; a lot of work with rich rewards.
bigmoose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An excellent treatise on the art and science of teaching. Chapter two about teaching in the Culture of Fear was especially insightful. While this one is a little dated, the concepts and principles are timeless.
mpardee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have read and re-read this wonderful volume--both on my own and in conjunction with educator colleagues from several schools. I have highlighted and re-highlighted many passages. This book really bears re-reading well. To me, that attests to its lasting value.One of my favorite excerpts, for instance, is this one (which falls on pp. 107 - 108 of Courage to Teach):"When we are at our best, it is because the grace of great things has evoked from us the virtues that give educational community its finest form:* We invite diversity into our community not because it is politically correct but because diverse viewpoints are demanded by the manifold mysteries of great things.* We embrace ambiguity not because we are confused or indecisive but because we understand the inadequacy of our own concepts to embrace the vastness of great things.* We welcome creative conflict not because we are angry or hostile but because conflict is required to correct our biases and prejudices about the nature of great things.* We practice honesty not only because we owe it to one another but because to lie about what we have seen would be to betray the truth of great things.* We experience humility not because we have fought and lost but because humility is the only lens through which great things can be seen--and once we have seen them, humility is the only posture possible...."
brettmoller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just a great inspirational read when life as a teacher gets tough.
FlyingBarney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For anybody who is thinking of being a teacher, an educator, or a facilitator of learning.
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jennifer918 More than 1 year ago
So I opted to take an online professional development class in which this book was the text. I really wanted to like the book and author because he is a fellow cheesehead. The first chapter was okay as it dealt with the ideas of what makes a great teacher, how your topic found you, passion, etc. Chapter 2 dealt with fears: fears we had as students (fear of failing or looking stupid in front of our classmates); fears we have as instructors (fear of looking stupid in front of the class or not being able to answer questions) and how those play a role in our teaching. Chapter 3 discussed the idea of paradoxes with Palmer setting six examples. For example, the individual voice in the classroom versus the voice of the class. Yeah okay. The fourth chapter talks about community and frankly, at this point, I'm tired of the examples that seems to be tangential at best but more irrelevant. At this point, I'm four chapters in and really just want to throw the book across the room and return it to the library. (Thank you God I didn't actually PAY for this!) At this point in time, The Courage to Teach is going to be relegated to the fate of Oprah's favorite Eckhart Tolle: incredibly stupid new age drivel. (Not that all new age is drivel, but have you READ Eckhart Tolle? Both of these make me want to be put out of my misery. Yep, back to the library Palmer is going.