The Tao of Teaching: Epilogue
This series has consisted of reflections on Greta Nagel’s book The Tao of Teaching: The Ageless Wisdom of Taoism and the Art of Teaching. It has focused on sharing the wisdom and guidance from this book and connecting it to my own personal anecdotes and experiences. My goal was to promote discourse on topics related to teaching, classroom management, student-centered learning and other progressive educational methods and their relation to the wisdom of Taoism.
I did not follow an exact nor chronological order based on Nagel’s book but chose to discuss the pieces of wisdom and overall themes that were most meaningful and useful to me (see below for an index of the posts in this series). I often discussed, in one installment of this blog, sections of the book that I felt were related to common themes but were not necessarily close by way of page number in Nagel’s book.
Some of the overarching themes and their relation to teaching and learning that were discussed in this blog series include: humility, self-discipline, contentment, balance, flexibility, consistency, virtue, application, democracy, diversity, attention and receptiveness.
Obviously, I did not share all of the wisdom found within the book. I believe to do so would not be fair to Greta Nagel nor to the Tao. Nagel also touches on themes and issues related to moderation, frugality, forthrightness and compassion, competition, confrontation and many more.
In the spirit of self-directed learning, I hope that this series will encourage you to seek out this book and delve deeper into its wisdom for yourself. Click the links below to get started.
“The weak and tender and can overcome the hard and strong.”