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Stories of the Courage to Teach: Honoring the Teacher's Heart

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"Though regard for teaching is a lost tradition, teaching, miraculously, is not a lost art. Every day in classrooms across the land, good people are working hard, with competency and compassion, at reweaving the tattered fabric of society on which we all depend." —From the Foreword by Parker J. Palmer

Teaching is a calling, a vocation that requires constant renewal of the mind, heart, and spirit. Teachers come to the profession inspired by a passion to help others learn. They are drawn to education by an ethic of service and a mission to make a difference in the world. Good teachers care, and they keep finding ways to connect with students. Despite working in a system that often leaves them feeling exhausted, depleted, and vulnerable, they do not check their hearts at the door.

This book is a collection of essays, written by teachers at every level of practice, that honors the hearts of all teachers who struggle to reconnect with the source of their vocation. These teachers have found ways to serve their students, rekindle their passion for teaching, connect in life-sustaining ways with colleagues, and work towards creating educational institutions that seek to be places that, as Parker J. Palmer writes, "bring more light and life into the world." Their warm, practical, funny, and wise stories will provide inspiration, companionship, and hope to teachers who strive to reclaim the courage to teach.

Stories of the Courage to Teach has its genesis in Parker J. Palmer's The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life. Since its publication in 1997, this book has struck a chord with teachers who felt burned out and weighed down by the educational system in which they work. The Courage to Teach helped them to begin to recover the joy of teaching; in this volume teachers who have been touched by this message take Palmer's words to heart and explore the inner landscape of their lives as educators so that they can once again teach from their hearts.

Synopsis:

This book is a collection of essays, written by teachers at every level of practice, that honors the hearts of all teachers who struggle to reconnect with the source of their vocation. These teachers have found ways to serve their students, rekindle their passion for teaching, connect in life-sustaining ways with colleagues, and work towards creating educational institutions that seek to be places that, as Parker J. Palmer writes, "bring more light and life into the world." Their warm, practical, funny, and wise stories will provide inspiration, companionship, and hope to teachers who strive to reclaim the courage to teach.

About the Author

Sam M. Intrator, assistant professor of education and child study at Smith College, is the son of two public school teachers. For many years, he was a public high school teacher in Brooklyn, New York, Vermont, and California.

Table of Contents

Gratitudes.

Foreword: Listening to Teachers (Parker J. Palmer).

Introduction: Honoring the Teacher?s Heart (Sam M. Intrator).

PART I: Turning Inward: Sustaining Our Own Hearts.

Speaking from the Heart (Amy Symons).

This Is Where Teaching Gets Real (Jim Burke).

Teaching Had Become an Ordinary Job (John Rockne).

An Experiment with Truth: One Teacher?s Path (Leslie Young).

Doing Small Things with Great Love (Mary Alice Scott).

Despair and Love in Teaching (Daniel P. Liston).

Sam Scheer: Coming to Terms with a Lifetime of Teaching (Rosetta Marantz Cohen).

Adult Conversations About Unasked Questions: Teaching forEducational Justice (Sonia Nieto and Stephen Gordon).

PART II: Reaching Out: Forging Relationships That SustainOur Hearts.

The Meaning of Life Assignment (Robert Kunzman).

Reclaiming Identity: Sharing a Teacher?s Truth (Kirstin Tonningsen).

Of Aliens and Space (Elizabeth Keats Flores).

You?re the One I Expected to Meet (Mary Rose O?Reilley).

Arriving Where I Started: Rediscovering the Newness (Susan Etheredge).

Feeling, Thinking, and Acting for Change (Catalina Rios).

Finding the Courage to Be Seventeen inForty-Four-Year-Old Skin (Lori Fulton).

Adversity as Ally (Rachael Kessler).

PART III: Making Change: Reforms That Honorthe Teacher?s Heart.

So Sweet It Made Me Jingled: Offering My Own TruthWithin the System (Clayton Stromberger).

The Risk of Teaching and Learning Differently (Katherine Kennedy).

Lift Every Voice (Chip Wood).

Teaching Excellence and the Inner Life of a Faculty (Robert G. Kraft).

Journey into the Wilderness: A Teacher-ResearcherGroup?s Retreat (Kelly Chandler-Olcott).

Teachers-to-Be Learning from Students-Who-Are:Reconfiguring Undergraduate Teacher Preparation (Alison Cook-Sather).

Honor the People; It?s the Leader?s Work (David Hagstrom).

From Charity to Justice: Toward a Theology of Urban SchoolReform (Linda C. Powell).

Toward a Leadership of Peace for the Twenty-First-CenturyAcademy (Diana Chapman Walsh).

PART IV: Rejuvenating Heart: The Courage to TeachProgram.

Courage to Teach: A Retreat Program of Personal andProfessional Renewal for Educators (Marcy Jackson and Rick Jackson).

Afterword: What I Heard Them Say (Parker J. Palmer).

Resources That Honor and Sustain the Teacher?s Heart (Compiled by Helen Lee).

The Editor.

About the Courage to Teach Program.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780787956325
Subtitle:
Honoring the Teacher's Heart
Foreword:
Palmer, Parker J.
Author:
Intrator, Sam M.
Author:
Palmer, Parker J.
Author:
Palmer, Parker J.
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Location:
San Francisco
Subject:
Inspirational
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Teaching
Subject:
Teachers
Subject:
Inspirational - General
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
General & Introductory Education
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
1625-C
Publication Date:
20020411
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.26x6.46x1.24 in. 1.50 lbs.

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