Synopses & Reviews
The Courage to Teach Guide for Reflection and Renewal
, 10th Anniversary Edition, is a superb resource for those who wish to extend their exploration of the ideas in The Courage to Teach, as individuals or as part of a study group.
The Guide has been thoroughly updated and expanded to help readers reflect on their teaching and renew their sense of vocation. The Guide proposes practical ways to create "safe space" for honest reflection and probing conversation, and offers chapter-by-chapter questions and exercises to explore the many insights in The Courage to Teach.
The companion DVD brings The Courage to Teach alive through a 70-minute interview with Parker J. Palmer, originally recorded as a resource for the Center for Courage & Renewal (www.CourageRenewal.org). Palmer reflects on a wide range of subjects including the heart of the teacher, the crisis in education, diverse ways of knowing, relationships in teaching and learning, approaches to institutional transformation, and teachers as "culture heroes." Discussion questions related to the topics explored in the interview have been integrated into the Guide, giving individuals and study groups a chance to have "a conversation with the author" as well as an engagement with the text.
Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life is difficult to do alone or without guidance for reflecting on what THE COURAGE TO TEACH means to the reader. This guide is a welcome resource for those who wish to extend their exploration beyond just reading the book, individually or within a study group.
Includes a DVD featuring an interview with Parker Palmer discussing the crisis in education, the heart of a teacher, ways of knowing, the importance of relationship in teaching and learning, teacher renewal, and spirituality in education.
This guide is a welcome resource for those who wish to extend their exploration beyond just reading "The Courage to Teach," individually or within a study group. Includes a DVD featuring an interview with Parker Palmer discussing the crisis in education, the heart of a teacher, ways of knowing, and more.
About the Author
Parker J. Palmer
is a highly respected writer, lecturer, teacher, and activist. His work speaks deeply to people in many walks of life, including education, medicine, religion, law, philanthropy, the public sector, and social change. Author of seven books, including the bestsellers Let Your Life Speak
and A Hidden Wholeness
, his writing has been recognized with ten honorary doctorates and a number of national awards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Megan Scribner is a freelance editor and evaluator who works with numerous foundations and educational organizations. She is co-editor (with Sam Intrator) of Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach and Leading from Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead, and lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: Guidelines for Individual and Group Study.
Membership and Leadership.
Six Paradoxes of Space.
The Clearness Committee.
Touchstones for Creating Safe Spaces.
A Word of Encouragement.
PART TWO: Questions and Activities for Each Chapter.
I The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching.
II A Culture of Fear: Education and the Disconnected Life.
III The Hidden Wholeness: Paradox in Teaching and Learning.
IV Knowing in Community: Joined by the Grace of Great Things.
V Teaching in Community: A Subject-Centered Education.
VI Learning in Community: The Conversation of Colleagues.
VII Divided No More: Teaching from a Heart of Hope.
Afterword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition: The New Professional: Education for Transformation.
A Suggestions for Organizing a Courage to Teach Book Discussion Group, by David Leo-Nyquist.
Sample Invitation Letter for a Courage to Teach Book Discussion Group.
Sample Follow-Up Letter for a Courage to Teach Book Discussion Group.
B The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching (an essay from Change magazine that summarizes The Courage to Teach).
C The Clearness Committee: A Communal Approach to Discernment.
D About the Center for Courage & Renewal.
E The Courage to Teach: A Retreat Program for Personal Renewal and Institutional Transformation, by Parker J. Palmer.
F Resources for Courage to Teach Discussion Groups.
ABOUT THE DVD.