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The Ecological Heart of Teaching

Radical Tales of Refuge and Renewal for Classrooms and Communities


Edited By Jackie Seidel and David W. Jardine

The Ecological Heart of Teaching is a collection of writings by teachers about their life in classrooms. Reflecting over three years of collective work, it illustrates how teachers, parents, and students can avoid some of the distractions and panic endemic to many schools, allowing them to focus thoughtfully on rigorous, beautiful work. It draws on ecological thinking, Buddhism, and hermeneutics to provide deeper, richer, and more abundant sources for teaching, thinking, and practice, and shows how these three lineages provide keys to decode the current malaise that surrounds schooling. The book will be valuable to beginning and experienced teachers and administrators, as well as to parents and anyone involved in stepping away from the exhausting industrial images and ideas that have turned schooling into an ecological and intellectual disaster. For those interested in interpretive research and life-writing, the book provides a wide array of examples; it is a valuable resource for undergraduate classes in curriculum and teaching, as well as graduate research methods courses interested in new forms of thinking and writing.
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Chapter Twenty-Six: (Here Is) Where You Are Supposed to Be


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(Here Is) Where You Are Supposed TO Be


Dear New Teacher,

We actualize reality, without ever completing it, with stories. Our stories are never finished; and therefore never unfinished. If reality itself is always incomplete, each moment becomes complete itself, lacking nothing.

—DAVID LOY (2010, P. 40)

This passage spoke to me, as I had always been a person who thought of life in chapters. Sections. Specific groupings of time.

In my first few years of teaching I kept waiting for things to “click” and make sense. “When will I feel that I have all the answers?” I thought.

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