Skillful teaching…

“This is perhaps the simplest, yet the most profound, truth of all. The fundamental reason for teaching is to help someone learn something. Anything you do that contributes to this purpose is skillful teaching, no matter how much it may depart from your traditional expectations about how teachers are supposed to behave.  Anything you do that inhibits learning, no matter how much it exemplifies traditional expectations, should be diminished or stopped.”

Brookfield, S.D. (1990). The skillful teacher: On technique, trust, and responsiveness in the classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Fire is…

“Tips, tricks, and techniques are not the heart of education — fire is.  I mean finding light in the darkness, staying warm in a cold world, avoiding being burned if you can and knowing what brings healing if you cannot.  That is the knowledge that your students really want, and that is the knowledge we owe them. Not merely the facts, not merely the theories, but a deep knowing of what it means to kindle the gift of life in ourselves, in others, and in the world.”

– Parker Palmer

Welcome to this Blog

Welcome to this blog that is devoted to collecting and reviewing free Professional Development resources available to instructors. The focus will be on instructors and professors teaching in post secondary or higher education but many of the resources would likely be as useful for K-12 teachers or workplace learning facilitators.