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The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life | [Parker J. Palmer]

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

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.
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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. 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 - when we choose to live authentic lives.

©2007 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)
"Evokes the heart of what teachers really do, and does so in a vivid, compelling, and soulful way." (Robert Coles, Harvard University)

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    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 07-17-11
    Alan San Diego, CA, United States 07-17-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Food for Thought"

    I enjoyed this book. Palmer has lots of ideas and the book is kind of a reflective work on his career. The book ends with a call to action but fortunately it is relatively short. I like most of his ideas and will listen to this book again. Palmer gives a lot of food for thought and is easy to listen to, excellent narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth East Hardwick, VT, United States 06-08-12
    Elizabeth East Hardwick, VT, United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Informative and Reflective"
    If you could sum up The Courage to Teach in three words, what would they be?

    Encouraging, Uplifting, and Connecting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Courage to Teach?

    Everyone has the "horror student" moments. Parker Palmer's "horror student" story was shared in a particularly heartfelt and honest way.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki – was your favorite?

    Entire story told in a clear and comforting tone and pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The overall idea that art of teaching starts within.
    This is what I need to keep reminding myself of when I am particularly challenged by students, parents, colleagues or administration.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Meyers Westernport, MD USA 10-12-13
    M. Meyers Westernport, MD USA 10-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great content. Annoying performance"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved the content of this book. It was informative and motivational. For me, it was required reading for a graduate course in leadership. It contained profound concepts about how to see yourself as an education and leader. The audience should not be limited to teachers or those who work in education. The audio version of this was problematic, however because I felt, quite often, like the playback was just a bit too slow. The reader who voiced the audio version has a very deep voice and speaks just a little too slowly. It lulled me into sleep quite a few times, and I strongly believe it was the performance, not the content. I could read the text in the book and remain quite engaged.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Stefan Rudnicki’s performances?

    No. Probably not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MsclQuake Australia 04-20-13
    MsclQuake Australia 04-20-13 Listener Since 2010

    I enjoy sci fi and fantasy, action thrillers, horror and romantic gay m/m fiction

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    What made the experience of listening to The Courage to Teach the most enjoyable?

    It was enjoyable to listen to a persons personal journey or exploration in what it means to teach. It was great to see that the author was able to define teaching for herself and find personal satisfaction.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The information was fine the way it was presented. Perhaps give ideas on how one can make teaching meaningful to themselves.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    not applicable


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Finding your purpose


    Any additional comments?

    Good listen for everyone and especially educators at all levels of education, both new and veteran.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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