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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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“Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.”
Parker Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“I want to learn how to hold the paradoxical poles of my identity together, to embrace the profoundly opposite truths that my sense of self is deeply dependent on others dancing with me and that I still have a sense of self when no one wants to dance.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“The highest form of love is the love that allows for intimacy without the annihilation of difference.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“If we want to grow as teachers -- we must do something alien to academic culture: we must talk to each other about our inner lives -- risky stuff in a profession that fears the personal and seeks safety in the technical, the distant, the abstract.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Relational trust is built on movements of the human heart such as empathy, commitment, compassion, patience, and the capacity to forgive.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Why does a literary scholar study the world of "fiction"? To show us that the facts can never be understood except in communion with the imagination.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“good teaching cannot be reduced to technique,- good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“we cannot see what is “out there” merely by looking around. Everything depends on the lenses through which we view the world. By putting on new lenses, we can see things that would otherwise remain invisible.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Long into my career I harbored a secret sense that thinking and reading and writing, as much as I loved them, did not qualify as "real work.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Science requires an engagement with the world, a live encounter between the knower and the known.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Mentoring is a mutuality that requires more than meeting the right teacher: the teacher must meet the right student.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Every profession that attracts people for “reasons of the heart” is a profession in which people and the work they do suffer from losing heart. Like teachers, these people are asking, “How can we take heart again so that we can give heart to others?”—which is why they undertook their work in the first place.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“When I forget my own inner multiplicity and my own long and continuing journey toward selfhood, my expectations of students become excessive and unreal. If I can remember the inner pluralism of my own soul and the slow pace of my own self-emergence, I will be better able to serve the pluralism among my students at the pace of their young lives.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Good teaching is an act of hospitality toward the young, and hospitality is always an act that benefits the host even more than the guest. The concept of hospitality arose in ancient times when this reciprocity was easier to see: in nomadic cultures, the food and shelter one gave to a stranger yesterday is the food and shelter one hopes to receive from a stranger tomorrow. By offering hospitality, one participates in the endless reweaving of a social fabric on which all can depend—thus the gift of sustenance for the guest becomes a gift of hope for the host. It is that way in teaching as well: the teacher’s hospitality to the student results in a world more hospitable to the teacher.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“the reality we belong to, the reality we long to know, extends far beyond human beings interacting with one another.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“does it mean to listen to a voice before it is”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“teacher within is not the voice of conscience but of identity and integrity. It speaks not of what ought to be but of what is real for us, of what is true. It says things like, “This is what fits you and this is what doesn’t”; “This is who you are and this is who you are not”; “This is what gives you life and this is what kills your spirit—or makes you wish you were dead.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Bryk and Schneider also found that relational trust—between teachers and administrators, teachers and teachers, and teachers and parents—has the power to offset external factors that are normally thought to be the primary determinants of a school’s capacity to serve students well: “Improvements in academic productivity were less likely in schools with high levels of poverty, racial isolation, and student mobility, but [the researchers] say that a strong correlation between [relational] trust and student achievement remains even after controlling for such factors.” 9”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Teaching holds a mirror to the soul. If I am willing to look in that mirror and not run from what I see I have a chance to gain self knowledge and knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject. In fact, knowing my students and my subject depends heavily on self knowledge.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“Alice Kaplan is a teacher of French language and literature, and she has done this kind of remembering in a book called French Lessons. “Why do people want to adopt another culture?” she asks as she summarizes her journey into teaching and into life. “Because there’s something in their own they don’t like, that doesn’t name them.”5”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“To those who say that we need weights and measures in order to enforce accountability in education, my response is, yes, of course we do, but only under three conditions that are not being met today. We need to make sure (1) that we measure things worth measuring in the context of authentic education, where rote learning counts for little; (2) that we know how to measure what we set out to measure; and (3) that we attach no more importance to measurable things than we attach to things equally or more important that elude our instruments.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“the personal can never be divorced from the professional. “We teach who we are” in times of darkness as well as light. In”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“How can schools educate students if they fail to support the teacher's inner life? To educate is to guide students on an inner journey toward more truthful ways of seeing and being in the world.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
“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... when you love your work that much, and many teachers do, the only way to get out of trouble is to go deeper in.”
Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life