I hope reading the title of this post immediately puts a picture in your mind of that special teacher who opened your eyes, who connected with you, who drew out of you something you didn’t know was there, who made you do/think more than you believed possible. I’ve been reading The Courage to Teach to motivate me as I transition to my role as teacher. Here are some quotes to ponder.
Good teachers join
» self and
» subject and
in the fabric of life.
Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves. [Yes, yes! I want to grow life long learners.]
As good teachers weave the fabric that joins them with students and subjects, the heart is the loom on which the threads are tied, the tension is held, the shuttle flies, and the fabric is stretched tight. Small wonder, then, that teaching tugs at the heart, opens the heart, even breaks the heart–and the more one loves teaching, the more heartbreaking it can be.
The courage to teach is the courage to keep one’s heart open in those very moments when the heart is asked to hold more than it is able so that teacher and students and subject can be woven into the fabric of community that learning and living require.