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ITT Book Club Fall Selection – The Courage to Teach

The ITT Book Club will be meeting this Fall to discuss the following book:

Fall 2013 Selection:

Palmer, Parker J. (2007). The courage to teach. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.

The Courage to TeachHere is a description of the book:

“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]

For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors.

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. The 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 — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives..”

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to join us.

The discussion will take place toward the end of the semester (at a date/time that is most convenient to the people who sign up).

(You are responsible to purchase the book on your own. It’s currently available in hardback for $19 at Amazon, and there are many other less expensive versions there as well.)

Food will be provided at the discussion!

To sign up to join the discussion of “The Courage to Teach” or to recommend another book for the ITT Book Club to discuss in the future, please go to the following Web site:


I hope to see many of you there!

Lloyd Rieber
Director, Innovation in Teaching and Technology