As I’m planning for the final session of the New Faculty Institute, titled “Your Inner Teacher: Cultivating an Authentic Pedagogical Approach,” I’m struck by this quote from Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach (the title for the session is also taken from a quote from this book):
“Seldom, if ever, do we ask the ‘who’ question– who is the self that teaches? How does the quality of my selfhood form– or deform– the way I relate to my students, my subject, my colleagues, my world? How can educational institutions sustain and deepen the selfhood from which good teaching comes?”
This quote has always been a sort of an ars poetica for me– the “who am I?” question is the one I most often asked myself during my decade in the classroom.