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The Courage to Teach
Transcript of The Courage to Teach
A Book by Parker J. Palmer
A presentation by Erin E. Duffy
" 'Who is the self that teaches?' is the question at the heart of this book," (Palmer 7).
-Fears within educational environments
-Community within educational environments
-Balancing scales in education
-The necessity for myself to "stop blaming institutional conditions for teaching's low estate" and instead "act in ways that honor their own commitment to the importance of teaching," (Palmer 177).
-Undivided attention and honest open questions (Palmer 157-58).
-How did these new ideas affect my teaching and learning? How are these ideas applied?
Key Concepts and Principles
-Paradox (either-or's versus both-and's)
-Community of truth and subject-centered classrooms
-The undivided life
Connection to My Own Ideas
-Importance and necessity of balancing the scales in the academic environment
-How do we use this question to better serve our students, our colleagues, ourselves and the educational system?
-Bad days are part of good teaching, and present opportunities for growth
Why do we love to teach?
O p e n spaces
in the classroom
Palmer, P. (1998). The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass.