As the great American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “What you are speaks so loudly that I can’t hear what you say you are.”

Whether as educators or as parents (because parents are, after all, the most important educators in a child’s life) we need to become more aware not just of what we say, but of who we are. Of course technique and curriculum matter; but the most effective teaching emphasizes a more elusive, yet far more significant quality: the teacher’s own way of being with students. The teacher’s “presence” carries the class to a place where minds and hearts are moved and genuine connections occur. Some teachers just naturally live there most of the time. But how do we arrive there from those inevitable hard places where it does not come naturally? How can we cultivate qualities of teaching and being that will help us discover the “teaching presence”?

Frumma offers training in The Teaching Presence designed for anyone from professional educators to prospective parents - lectures, workshops, individual coaching or extended in-service curricula, as the situation requires.

For a small taste adapted from one of her most popular presentations,
read Frumma’s article: