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The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Jossey-Bass Inc Pub
Publication date August 17, 2007
Pages 248
Binding Hardcover
Edition 10 anv
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780787996864
ISBN-10 0787996866
Dimensions 1 by 6 by 9 in.
Weight 1.05 lbs.
Original list price $27.95
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: "This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life." — Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction]

For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors.

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. The 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 — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.

BONUS: Includes an audio CD featuring a 45-minute conversation between Parker Palmer and his colleagues, Marcy Jackson and Estrus Tucker from the Center for Courage & Renewal. They reflect on what they have learned from working with thousands of teachers in their "Courage to Teach" program ( with others who yearn for greater integrity in their professional lives.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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10 anv edition from Jossey-Bass Inc Pub (August 17, 2007)
9780787996864 | details & prices | 248 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $27.95
About: "This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves.
Pck edition from Jossey-Bass Inc Pub (January 1, 1999)
9780787950095 | details & prices | 6.25 × 9.25 × 2.00 in. | 1.70 lbs | List price $100.00
About: "This book is for teachers who have good days and bad - and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves.
from Jossey-Bass Inc Pub (January 1, 1998)
9780787910587 | details & prices | 199 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $24.95
About: An educator and Christian spiritualist examines the inner life of a dedicated teacher, demonstrating how this internal facet shapes one's ability to teach, and guides readers through a difficult self-exploration to help recover and enhance their vocational goals.
from John Wiley & Sons Inc (January 1, 1998)
9789990038729 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.88 lbs | List price $0.02
10th edition from Jossey-Bass Inc Pub (June 8, 2010)
9780470894026 | details & prices | 272 pages | List price $27.95

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