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Teaching holds a mirror to the soul…

Teachers are will often say “I am ready for changes in education,” or “We need changes in schools.”  No “change” that occurs in education, no reform, no new system, no new schedule, no new curriculum, technology or method of classroom instruction will improve education until teachers say “I am ready to change.”

“Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one’s inwardness, for better or worse.  As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together.  The entanglements I experience in the classroom are often no more or less than the convolutions of my inner life.  Viewed from this angle, teaching holds a mirror to the soul.  If I am willing to look in that mirror, and not run from what I see, I have a chance to gain self-knowledge–and knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject.”

“Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.”

Parker J. Palmer

4 comments

  1. Thanks Paul,

    It is true that who we are matters and also that we take time to “take care of ourselves” mentally, physically, and spiritually.

    Students know when we are genuine and acting from the heart.

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