The Courage to Teach, 10th Anniversary Edition: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teachers Life
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] Teachers choose their vocation for reasons of the heart, because they care deeply about their students and about their subject. But the demands of teaching cause too many educators to lose heart. Is it possible to take heart in teaching once more so that we can continue to do what good teachers always do give heart to our students?
In the summer of 2009, I had a wonderful opportunity to spend three weeks with a group of Tajik English teachers. One of the teachers said that her students would like to have a book of stories about American teenagers. When I returned home, I couldn’t find a book like that, so I began to interview ordinary young people about their everyday lives and send the interviews to some English teachers and learners. When I asked teenagers for an interview, they almost always said, “But I don’t do anything special.” I told them, “That’s exactly what I want: ordinary life and ordinary English.”
Speakout is a comprehensive six-level general English course for adults that has been developed in association with BBC Worldwide and BBC Learning English. It boosts confidence with strategies for improving speaking and listening and enables teachers to personalise the learning process with activities from the Speakout Extra bank of resource materials.
During the school year, we often spend more time with our teachers than anyone else. But how much do we really know about the men and women behind report cards and recess? This title uses exciting photos and informative text to provide a comprehensive overview of the special people who help them learn.