The Courage to Teach - Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life, 20th Anniversary Edition
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.
- Hardback | 288 pages
- 159 x 231 x 25mm | 476g
- 20 Oct 2017
- John Wiley & Sons Inc
- Jossey-Bass Inc.,U.S.
- New York, United States
- 3rd Anniversary ed.
--Jon Kabat-Zinn, author, Wherever You Go, There You Are, and coauthor, Everyday Blessings
For forty years, Parker J. 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 benefitted 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, and spirit 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 web for themselves.
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"This is the best education book I've read in a long time. Palmer provides a powerful argument for the need to move from our over-reliance on technique toward a learning environment that both honors and truly develops the deepest human capacities in children and teachers. It's about time we remember that it's the person within the teacher that matters most in education, and Palmer makes the case eloquently."
"If teaching is just a chore, and you are content to just 'do chores, ' this book is not for you. You will be challenged to go beyond the minimum and pursue excellence. But rather than approaching teaching as something we just tolerate, Parker Palmer holds out the promise of it being something we can celebrate."
--Academy of Management Review
"Parker Palmer is a teacher's teacher, and it is when he writes as a teacher that this book is a remarkably inspiring, almost religious companion for anyone who has taught or might be thinking about teaching as a vocational journey for life.... This book can change your life if you are a teacher."
"Through a series of vignettes, Palmer encourages reflection, and strives to bolster readers' initiative and confidence. The Courage to Teach is an awakening, and a gentle, directive touch that reaches out to teachers of all levels and ages."
"To go on this journey with Parker Palmer into the uncharted territory of 'the self' in teaching is not only to experience the joy of viewing teaching from a thrilling new perspective. It is also to be in the presence of a great teacher who, by sharing himself so openly and honestly, engages us in the very kind of teaching he so eloquently describes."
--Russell Edgerton, former director of educational programs, Pew Charitable Trusts, and past president, American Association for Higher Education
Table of contents
Diana Chapman Walsh
Foreword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition xvii
Parker J. Palmer
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
The Author 225
The Center for Courage & Renewal 227
About the Companion Media 229
About PJ Palmer