If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.-—Joseph Campbell

Risking the Personal

If we want to grow as teachers — we must do something alien to academic culture: we must talk to each other about our inner lives — risky stuff in a profession that fears the personal and seeks safety in the technical, the distant, the abstract.
― Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life

Consider that we are all teachers…and learners.

What are my personal experiences, fears and dreams?  What is my inner life?  Am I sharing it with others?

I talk, and listen, to myself, practicing in the safety of my journal.

Laura, it’s time.

Here’s a bit of sharing…My after school kids playing darts in the Number Games class.

Christina and Dekwon are learning to read numbers. I added their scores.

Madison and Timinia are enjoying a little friendly competition…math and fashion.

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Comments on: "Risking the Personal" (6)

  1. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    I attended a retreat based on Parker Palmer’s thinking and writing this past weekend. This quote summarizes the importance of relationships and lifting the other from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

  2. We must indeed risk the personal in order to make contact with the transpersonal. Teaching is sharing knowledge and experience in as many ways as possible. We all learn and think differently. To favour only the academic is to eschew more than half of who we are. Thank you for these great posts.

  3. When it comes right down to it, students won’t remember that you taught them something, but they will remember if they liked you or they respected you. Great post!

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