Quotes on Teaching by Parker Palmer

“Relational trust is built on movements of the human heart such as empathy, commitment, compassion, patience, and the capacity to forgive.”

“As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together.”

“I want to learn how to hold the paradoxical poles of my identity together, to embrace the profoundly opposite truths that my sense of self is deeply dependent on others dancing with me and that I still have a sense of self when no one wants to dance.”

“By choosing integrity, I become more whole, but wholeness does not mean perfection. It means becoming more real by acknowledging the whole of who I am.”

“Why does a literary scholar study the world of fiction? To show us that the facts can never be understood except in communion with the imagination.”

Manage Your Carrier

One of the most common questions I hear from graduate students is how to have a successful carrier and prepare for the academic job market. In my opinion, it is not just to be successful in job market but to be proactive and lead academic carrier with high performance. It is the matter of continuously looking for the opportunities that help us grow in professional and personal life. We should try to maintain the right attitude and be flexible as we move through our carriers.

We should have a mind set and know ourselves, our strengths and values, to be successful leaders. Once we recognize what we want, we can be open to global changes and deal with the transitions while sustaining a work-life balance. In this era, we should direct our carrier based on the defined goals and empower our network connections to have a successful interaction with peers.

Ultimately, we should be prepared to face the challenges of the demanding world and be equipped with skills to socially and technically confront the challenges and emerging prospects in our professional carriers.



What is multitasking? Is it beneficial or harmful? Apparently, it is a process in mind to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. From educational perspective, the issue is to define the attitude towards this notion and the way it is assessed in educational systems. How it comes into practices in contemporary life?

It can be explained as a habit that people have in their daily tasks. It implies what issues are more important to deliberately or unconsciously pay attention and what is ignored. Since multitasking is a process that is analyzed in mind, it depends on personalities and mental practices. People are addicted to some habits such as texting while driving, watching TV while talking on the phone, studying while listening to music. In each case of multitasking, we engage some parts of our brain to focus on several tasks and break it off after a time period. Is it waste of mind or addiction to habits. There should be healthy behavior associated with it if we empower our minds to construct knowledge and think of it as a mental discipline.

It is a common sense in our daily activities but educational multitasking includes other perspectives. It gives insights to the practices that are given for granted and are encouraged to be amplified. Learners are moved through these practices and absorbed to and distracted from them.There are different metaphors for multitasking as it is viewed from different perspectives in each task. Learners are supposed to engage with the content and be distracted while they are trying to maintain their connection. It shows personal abilities to have control over mental activities; how learners are navigated between different tasks to learn how to think and how to be engaged with the tasks. If they are deepening into unnecessary issues, they lose their focus and become mentally distracted in various tasks. So, it can be organized to adapt students’ minds in analyzing information as they are receiving it and construct their minds to process practices.