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"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)
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.
This was one of few audio books I have ever owned, however it has really set the bar quit high. I feel as though the narrator was not quite what I expected, but this did not hamper my ability to draw from the text's content.
No characters pre-say but the content and concepts were very helpful as a novice educator.
No I have not. His voice did not seem to fit as well as I would have liked it to.
I was fascinated by how personal the author made teaching and how this transcended into the bigger picture of the education system. I was very please with the book as a whole and look forward to referencing it in the future.
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.
No. Probably not.
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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.
The information was fine the way it was presented. Perhaps give ideas on how one can make teaching meaningful to themselves.
Finding your purpose
Good listen for everyone and especially educators at all levels of education, both new and veteran.
Encouraging, Uplifting, and Connecting
Everyone has the "horror student" moments. Parker Palmer's "horror student" story was shared in a particularly heartfelt and honest way.
Entire story told in a clear and comforting tone and pace.
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.
The narrator kind of "over does it" on pronunciation. At first I didn't mind it, but it was grating after a while. The book itself means well, and I am sure that a lot of people must appreciate it, but I found it tough to listen to. Not just because of the narrator either. Hard to explain. The author often uses "big words"; I don't know if he's trying to impress us with an extensive vocabulary or what, but I found it distracting. Anyway, I'm no writer and I appreciate the effort they made, but the book just wasn't for me.
"Interesting though it went over my head a little."
Somewhere in the middle, neither great, nor awful.
Partly the 2 books I read about standards and accountability and partly time Out for Teachers and there's room For Me Here. It had enough case studies like those 2 books, but talked about methods of teaching a bit like the books on standards and accountability.
I don't know as I didn't have any choice but to listen to it.
NoMaybe the bit about the "student from hell" but I'm not sure if anything else did.
I'm not a teacher so maybe I shouldn't be surprised that some of this book drifted over my head somewhat. still, it had enough interest to keep me going.
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