Instructional Technology and Design


CDs about Teaching Seminars

Palmer, P. & Weimer, M. (Magna Publications). (November 6, 2012). Considering the courage and practice of teaching [Online Seminar CD].

Considering the Courage and Practice of Teaching
If you could listen to a conversation between two highly respected professionals in the field about what matters most in teaching, who would they be? For us, it’s Parker Palmer and Maryellen Weimer.

For the first time, they come together to talk about the underpinnings of their approaches to their work as teachers. Palmer and Weimer discuss why self-knowledge is the key to growth and development as teachers, and why truth—not techniques—heals and empowers those who have lost heart. Their one-hour dialogue revolves around the following questions:

  • Why does effective teaching require courage?
  • How does knowing why you teach change the way you teach?
  • If your objective is to create a community in your classroom, how do you set rules and policies that support learning?
  • For many, instruction is either teacher-centered or learner-centered. Can good teaching be both?
  • What should we do about our shortcomings as teachers?

Whether you are a new or an experienced faculty member who ended the semester on a high note or a low note, you’ll gain insight, inspiration, and validation from this impassioned conversation. Listening to Drs. Palmer and Weimer, you’ll have no doubt that finding the fortitude to teach past the challenges you face can produce deep joy and satisfaction.