Drinking Deeply

Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Teaching

I've been reading a lot about teaching.  One gem from "The Courage to Teach" by Parker Palmer has spurred my thinking lately. This isn't a quote, but some ruminations that flow out of some of the things he said.

Teaching is intellectual hospitality.  It is welcoming the students into the home of the teacher and sharing one's joys, models, delights, and hopes with them.  To separate the subject from the teacher is to separate the home from the inhabitant.  Interesting, but valueless.  But if we are welcomed into the home, where the owner shares his life with you, now that changes the whole experience.  To teach others is to welcome them into one's life.


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