The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life / Edition 2

The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life / Edition 2

by Parker J. Palmer
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The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life / Edition 2

"A profoundly moving, utterly passionate, and inspired articulation of the call to, and the pain and joy of, teaching. It is must reading for any and every teacher, at any level."
—Jon Kabat-Zinn author of Wherever You Go, There You Are

For nearly forty years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose 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 The Courage to Teach, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, and their colleagues, and toward reclaiming vocational passion.

The Courage to Teach 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, deeply connected with their students and their subject. These connections are held in the teacher's heart—the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and converge in the human self. Good teachers weave a life-giving web between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students learn how to weave a world for themselves.

In a new Foreword and Afterword to this tenth anniversary edition, Parker Palmer reflects on a decade of movement-building during which he and his colleagues at the Center for Courage & Renewal have helped thousands of teachers and others restore identity and integrity to professional life. On the accompanying audio CD, Parker and his colleagues, Marcy Jackson, and Estrus Tucker, talk about the Center's on-the-ground work and share their hopes for this movement toward human wholeness and community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787996864
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/17/2007
Edition description: 10th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 62,769
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition ix

Gratitudes xix

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 CD 229

Index 231

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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.
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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.