Critical Reflection On Palmer's The Courage To Teach
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For this assignment, I will be choosing to reflect on Palmer’s book The Courage to Teach. He impressed me as from the beginning since he tells us that the emphasis of throughout the entire book is built on the fact that the identity and integrity of the teacher are the basis of good teaching rather than having good teaching technique since the identity and integrity of the teacher are able to connect with his/her students and hence, connect them to the subject being taught. She should make himself/herself available and vulnerable to “the service of learning”.
The first part of this book encourages me to find myself; it encourages me to have a strong sense of self. This should be done before I can teach students. Palmer emphasises that we must appreciate the fact that people are called to teach by their encounters with mentors. Therefore, I, as a reader and a prospective teacher, must be careful not to idealise my mentor so much that I try to teach in the same way, for this might go against my own integrity. Others might be called to each by encountering a particular subject matter that appeals to their integrity.
In his writing, Palmer, then focuses on different aspects of fear as it transmits to teaching and learning. The author describes many classrooms that are riddled with fear of embarrassment, fear of bad grades, fear of exclusion, etc. He is concerned with the fact that there are students who are born with the love of learning and then