Stories of the Courage to Teach
- Publisher 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.
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"Stories of the Courage to Teach powerfully reminds us that this nation's schools and colleges are blessed with many good teachers and that we must be willing to respect, support, and deeply listen to them. It also indicates that teachers must also learn to listen to themselves. Our history books are filled with examples of the efforts of committed education employees who helped to make this country what it is today. Stories of the Courage to Teach challenges today's teachers to see themselves not only as school employees, dedicated to serving children, but as leaders in their schools and communities." --Bob Chase, president, National Education Association "Articulate teachers recounting with great candor and imagination just how beautiful their calling is, also how challenging, depleting, and lonely it can be, and what to do about it. This outstanding and highly inspiring book offers cool, clear, and nourishing water from the wellspring of the heart, where all teaching originates, and will serve as both a reminder and guide for teachers at all levels to return over and over to the source and nourish what is deepest and best in themselves as they nourish what is deepest and best in their students and their schools." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, professor of medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and coauthor of Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting "Finally, a book for, by, and about REAL teachers. A book that reveals the pain as well as the joy, the shadow as well as the light. A book that is not another how-to cookbook, but a book that creates hope and promise and inspiration through its truth-telling." --Dr. Sally Z. Hare, Singleton Professor of Education, Coastal Carolina University "It is the mark of every Golden Age that children are placed at the center of society and teaching is considered the most important profession. By this standard, we in the United States have a very long way to go. If we ever succeed in this cultural transformation, few will have contributed more than Parker Palmer." --Peter M. Senge, author, The Fifth Discipline and Schools That Learn "The teachers' stories herein-told in frequently elegant prose and with palpable passion-serve to remind us of two things: the remarkable gifts present in our public school educators, and what constitutes the heart of true teaching. Intrator's ability to evoke their voices as well as to deeply hear them has created an unforgettable gift to the profession and to those who have been led to believe that education is nothing more than yet another business enterprise." --Marianne Novak Houston, public school teacher with forty years of classroom teaching experience and recipient of the Milken Educator Award "A book for troubled times in teaching. This powerful and moving collection of essays argues that we must join the values of the heart if teaching is to transcend the punishing pressures, of one-size-fits-all juggernaut of school-reform mania. A must-read for teacher educators, principals, and school board members!" --Jay Casbon, dean, Graduate School of Education, Lewis & Clark College "[This book] is a must-read for educators who often feel depleted from the demands of teaching and isolated from colleagues. Rediscover your purpose and passion for making a difference in the lives of children through stories of real people who teach with courage and integrity. There is something essentially human in these pages that speaks to the hearts of teachers who are disillusioned, depleted, and discouraged. You simply must reconnect with your identity, your true self, that spiritual being who felt called to teach children. It is powerful because it is the truth, spoken from the hearts of teachers who share a common experience." --Paula Naegle, Nevada Teacher of the Year "Teacher voices must be heard, and teacher wisdom about the needs of children must be heeded. It
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.
Meet the Author
Sam M. Intrator is an assistant professor of education and child study at Smith College. A former high school teacher and administrator and the son of two public school teachers, he is the editor of Stories of the Courage to Teach: Honoring the Teacher's Heart, author of Tuned In and Fired Up: How Teaching Can Inspire Real Learning in the Classroom, and coeditor (with Megan Scribner) of Teaching with Fire: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Teach.