Heart Wisdom for Teachers
Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one’s inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together. Knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject. (Parker Palmer)
Teacher training and ongoing professional learning focus largely on the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of teaching. Rarely is there time or opportunity given to a consideration of the ‘who’ – the heart of the one who teaches. And yet, teachers are a crucial influence in the lives of students.
The reality is that we teach from the inside out – we teach who we are. Whilst we may be committed to our students’ wellbeing, the pressures and stresses of being a teacher can actually disconnect us from our own self. Our authentic self is likely to be the source of our gifts to our students, but we can only share and draw upon this if we know and are connected to, ourselves.
Kardia Formation is offering teachers a day of reflection and gentle dialogue, designed to nurture personal identity, vocation and mission framed in the broad context of relationship with God.
When: Thursday, March 28th 10.00am – 3.30p.m
Where: Kardia Formation
197-199 Riversdale Rd.,
To make a booking or for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tea and coffee will be available; BYO lunch or purchase from a range of cafes nearby.
Dr Julie Mitchell PhD. Julie has been an educator for over 35 years, first as a secondary teacher and then concurrently as a writer of curriculum, consultant and, since 2007, as a teacher educator at the University of Melbourne. She has recently completed her PhD in Education focusing on ethics in the Australian Curriculum. As a spiritual director, Julie has been formed in the Ignatian tradition through the Kardia Heart Wisdom Spiritual Direction Formation program.
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