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Name: Cyndi Griffiths
Presenter: Gail Fedalizo
Philosophy: Parker Palmer
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Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reflection

Parker Palmer born in the 1940’s lived an upper middle class sheltered life. Palmer had a deep desire to seek out his true-self, and he found an astounding mix of shadow and light – a balance between themes of hope and themes of conflict. With a strong conviction for God based on Quaker beliefs, he strived to balance his perspectives from the heart with those from the mind. His philosophy focuses on growing in to our authentic selves. He suggests an interconnectedness that describes authenticity in teaching when we synthesize our connections with the subject we teach, our personal selves and our students. From this interconnectedness we provide good teaching and become good teachers. Gail presented a quote that promotes the heart of teaching. “Good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.” Developing, nurturing, and inspiring staff members are essential skills of an effective administrator. When administrators support staff members in striving for alignment between action and


Name: Gail Fedalizo
Presenter: Me
Philosophy: Parker Palmer
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Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reflection

I really didn't know what kind of reaction I was going to receive during the presentation because of Parker's heavy religious influence on his philosophy. Majority of Palmer's beliefs dwelved on his religious experience and expectations for society and in particular education. I was fascinated with my peers responses as I thought to the contrary that Palmer's beliefs would spark a somewhat boring/bland response. It was great to see that the simple notion of accepting yourself before anything else is the most important trait led me to think about my true intentions as a hopeful administrator. I was glad to see everyone involved in the discussion and I hope this presentation will also influence my peers and Mr. Schneeman to find our authentic selves and re-ignite that inner passion to improve our teaching-relationship with all our students.


Name: Gail Fedalizo
Presenter: Mr. Schneeman
Philosophy: Plato
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Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reflection

Aside form the life and history of Plato, what sparked my intererst inPlato's work was the direct relation of his "Allegory of the Cave" and the feature film "the Matrix". Discussing Plato's emphasis on a person's awakening reminds me of how kids nowadays are so dependent on technology and are blind to other resources that require critical thinking and physical activity. This reminded me of the time I recently restricted my 14-yr-old daughter's access to her iphone and laptop. For two weeks, she relied on information from my parent's hand-me-down 1984 encyclopedia britannica and other non-electronic resources from our local library. I was fascinated at how initially she was dazed & confused and even in pleading to go back to the internet. After another day or so of assisting, she soon became comfortable with these readily acailable hard-copy resources. I honestly feel that Plato's influence for pulling away from the masses (society/popular choices) and becoming your unique (authentic) self; can help everyone to find there own passions for life.


Name: Amy
Presenter: Gail
Philosophy: Parker J Palmer
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Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Reflection

I enjoyed learning about this philosophy. I think it is important to know the true self as Palmer says or else anybody can put any idea in your head. This makes me think that as an administrator it is important to know what your vision, mission and philosophy are for education so that when they come into question, you know where you stand. These will be the grounds you refer back to when faced with challenges.


Name: Sarah Grosskreutz
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Philosophy: Palmer
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Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Reflection

I was surprised how much Palmer's religion played into his philosophy. Someone's beliefs do shape their path in life whether they know it or not. I also like the fact that he states"Teachers need to be authentic and comfortable with themselves so that they can weave a complex web of connections with themselves, their subject, and their students" because teachers are with students for the majority of the day and they are the ones that inspire them just as much or sometimes even more than their own parents. I am also wondering if his thoughts and feeling were developed because of the times. The 60's and 70's were a times of change and enlightenment.


Name: Sarah Grosskreutz
Presenter: Gail
Philosophy: Palmer
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Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Reflection

After listening to the presentation I pondered whether Palmer's philosophy took shape because of the times. The 60's and 70's were enlightening years and there were a lot of people that were influenced by the current events. I was also surprised at how much religion did play into his thoughts and actions. I also liked the fact that he said that teachers need to believe in themselves and have the passion because they are with the students more time than parents. Teachers could be the one to inspire more than sometimes the child's own parents,


Name: Elizabeth Schoenthal
Presenter: Gail
Philosophy: Parker Palmer
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Date: Friday, March 30, 2012

Reflection

There is something about Palmer's philosophy that resonates deeply with me and i agree with other people's post that, at least in my own life, theology has heavily influenced my thoughts and feelings about education. I also agree that authenticity is extremely important in both religion and education because if you are genuinely passionate about what you are sharing with others it will probably strike that same passion in the people listening to you. I was talking yesterday with my best friend about the importance of elementary teachers to learn to teach math with passion because it will have and effect on their student's ability to enjoy and understand math in the later grades. It reminded me of Palmer's call to authenticity