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.
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.