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The Courage to Teach
Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
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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,...
"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,...
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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.

    Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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  • 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.

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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