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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Parker J. Palmer Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN:
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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. 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 - when we choose to live authentic lives. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 2/20/2014

    " The one complaint I have, even though this is a book I keep near me all school year, is that it's a little bit too "self-helpy/new-agey/mystical". But, that aside, it's helped me to be a more confidant teacher. Palmer talks about how teaching is a profession where you HAVE to be yourself or you won't have integrity. It's about letting who you are as a person inform your instruction. Once you've lost the ability to do that, it's impossible to do your job well. Full of anecdotes from Palmer's own career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed Ingman | 2/19/2014

    " I've read it once, but now I'm going through it again. Trying to glean more from Mr. Palmer. He's an AMAZING thinker and writer. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 2/18/2014

    " Too theoretical and, ultimately, boring to finish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia | 2/18/2014

    " I got to meet Parker Palmer at a conference. He wasn't a very dynamic keynote speaker, but what an inspiration. I reread this book when I'm feeling overwhelmed by my job. This one sustains me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 1/18/2014

    " Well, this is a very insightful book and well written but I am going to college to teach Elementary School and I didn't feel like this book was helpful for me. It's definitely geared to help teachers or future teachers who plan on teaching high school or college. I did get some interesting tidbits from the book, but I won't be adding it to my personal collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie Ann | 1/17/2014

    " This book was so uplifting - I am going to recommend it to every one of my friends in the field of education! It focuses on the integrity and the character of the teacher; and how the teacher understands oneself in order to understand their students. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/17/2014

    " Parker Palmer is a good man. There is much in this book that is of value, and he's usually right (at least in my view), but the book can be dull and a bit sappy at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 12/29/2013

    " A must-read for anyone who teaches "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 12/28/2013

    " Reminded me of why I chose teaching as a career and, moreso, as a way of life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reuel | 12/5/2013

    " Probably the best book I've read on the teacher's life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 11/29/2013

    " reading for a class i am taking... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmi | 5/19/2013

    " Interesting, if a bit dramatic for my taste. I read this as part of a book group at school and the group was what really made it for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russ Simnick | 1/29/2013

    " Simply, this book makes one of the strongest statements ever on pedagogy -- teachers must be genuine, and to be genuine, we must be vulnerable to our students. It sets aside the war between DI and constructivism, stating that these are far less important than the teacher. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebekah | 1/16/2013

    " Parker Palmer is one of my heroes! If you're down and out as a teacher, read this book. Twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Halstead | 11/2/2012

    " A very inspirational book for teachers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 10/29/2012

    " If you're a teacher, you must read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 5/26/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. Thought provoking. Of course, I like most things that tap my Quaker roots. All those in "professions of the heart" would enjoy this, I think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/24/2012

    " This book provides very helpful insight about changing one's approach to teaching. It reads almost like an extension of the author's possible dissertation though which was kind of irritating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Dugan | 2/28/2012

    " So far a little too philosophical for me, but I like some of the ideas in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 2/22/2012

    " An interesting philosphical text on teaching. Very insighful and helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 9/15/2011

    " One of the best books on education that I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ami Stearns | 9/6/2011

    " WOW, this is a great book that is right on par with my own teaching philosophy. I borrowed it from the library but will buy my own copy. Really inspirational text for college instructors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 5/22/2011

    " Such an excellent book about teaching. Every summer I read it to remind myself why. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mare | 4/27/2011

    " Oh, thank you, Dr. Palmer for now I know, I am not alone in my ideas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 3/11/2011

    " I love the work of Parker Palmer. This must be the 4th or 5th time I have read this book. I gain so much more with each new reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/6/2010

    " I am reading this for my yoga class. I am not sure I understood all of this; our group is meeting to discuss it later and I am hoping to fit the dots together after that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mama | 6/26/2010

    " Some good thoughts. I took a few notes for my "teacher" file - but overall, it was a little too philosophical for me. A bit preachy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 5/18/2010

    " Great book for teachers. I didn't really get much value from it, but it was well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 2/21/2010

    " Read for school. Enjoyed it, one I will have to read again and again as a teacher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 11/14/2009

    " I've read this twice now, and despite the age of the book, it is still relevant today. Teaching is an exhausting career, but it's also very rewarding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2009

    " A very important read for anyone in the field of education. How to regain your sense of purpose, and make a difference in the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2009

    " Great companion to The Courage to Teach, especially good if you plan a study group of the book. "

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About the Author

Parker J. Palmer holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage and Renewal, senior associate of the American Association for Higher Education, and senior advisor to the Fetzer Institute. In 1998, he was named one of the thirty most influential senior leaders in higher education. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers Let Your Life Speak and A Hidden Wholeness.

 

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.