Author(s): Parker J. Palmer
"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: This title also 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 and with others who yearn for greater integrity in their professional lives. 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. "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 First published 1997 ; this 10th anniversary edition september 2007.
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.
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.