ERIC Number: ED439748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
To Teach with Soft Eyes: Reflections on a Teacher/Leader Formation Experience.
Garcia, Rica, Ed.
This monograph describes the reflections of the first pilot group of teachers in the Fetzer Institute's Courage to Teach Program. A group of scholars at Richland College were the first to apply the institute's program to higher education. The essays in this collection were written by teachers and administrators who have worked together, and in solitude, to explore the inner landscape of an educator's life. Here they report on what they discovered during those explorations and how their discoveries have illumined, challenged, and changed their lives as educators. This collection of essays is divided into five sections: (1) "The Courage to Change"; (2) "Safe Space"; (3) "Deep Listening"; (4) "We Teach Who We Are"; and (5) "Under the Surface: Our Stories." Essayists and articles include: (1) "Heron-to-Gull Leadership" (Stephen K. Mittelstet); (2) "The Journey or the Destination?" (Bill Neal); (3) "Back to the Future with Savoir-Faire?" (Bettie Tully); (4) "The Symphonic Winds of Teaching" (Sara Perez-Ramos); (5) "From Neiman-Marcus to Meditation" (Mary Frances Gibbons); (6) "A Personal Journey in a Public Arena" (Barbara Corvey); (7) "Safe Space" (Sally Jackman); (8) "The 'Nocebo' Effect in Academia" (Thomas A. McLaughlin); (9) "The 'Wows' of Biology" (Adriana Cobo-Frenkel); (10) "Opening a Learning Space with Humor" (Fred Newbury); (11) "I'm in My Element" (Becki Williams); (12) "Eye of the Storm: Keeping Centered Amid Conflict" (Martha Timberlake Vines); (13) "The First Day of Class" (Sue Jones); (14) "The Courage To Listen" (Susan Barkley); (15) "Sam I Am" (Sam Tinsley); (16) "The Practice of Mindfulness" (Lee Paez); (17) "Who Are You, and What Are You Doing Here?" (Herlinda Martinez Coronado); (18) "Connections: My Student/My Self" (Kay Coder); (19) "As We Pass, We Pass Along" (Mike Miles); (20) "A Time To Grow" (Al Schroeder); (21) "Dat's Story" (Fred Martinez); (22) "Where Everybody Knows My Name" (Dru Bookout); (23) "A Stained Glass Design" (Elaine Sullivan); and (24) "The Faces of Peace" (Scott Branks del Llano). (VWC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Motivation, Teaching Experience, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Laguna Hills, CA.