The Heart of a Teacher by Parker Palmer

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

Sometimes in my education classes I feel as though we aren’t talking enough about strategies and methods and practical things to use in the classroom. Most of it seems theoretical and all about who we are as teachers. I’ve never tried to ask why we do this. This article explains why. There is no “right” way to teach, and no two good teachers teach exactly the same way. They don’t use the same strategies and methods as everyone else.

Palmer also states that “we teach who we are” which i’ve heard numerous times since being in the education program. I’m starting to believe that this is true. If we are engaged and believe in what we are teaching the students will follow suit. I don’t think that it is possible to be unbiased towards certain issues we may face, sometimes it is simply who we are. If we think that we can be completely unbiased I think we are lying to ourselves. However it’s how we approach these issues and what our hearts are like as teachers that will make the difference for our students.

If you really want to examine how you feel about being a teacher, I encourage you to read the article.

The Heart of a Teacher


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