When I began teaching, I wanted to know how to teach in a way that would not only inspire my students’ creativity and learning, but my own as well. I read everything I could find on teaching and took every course that looked helpful. Mostly, I looked outside of the field of education for inspiration and I began to put together my own theory of teaching and learning. I eventually wrote Getting Messy and then a funny thing happened. I realized that my ideas about teaching and learning weren’t just for teachers. They’re for everyone, because teaching and learning at their best, are what make life worth living.
Teaching is a messy process. Messy means we're human, we make mistakes, and often when we're trying something for the first time, we have no idea how it's going to turn out. But it’s only when we step out of the mold and allow a little disarray that learning and growth begin to happen. Getting Messy is a friend and guide for those times when you find yourself feeling trepidation about stepping into an unknown place. It is meant to be especially helpful for those of you who teach, train, coach, mentor, or otherwise work in some way with other humans.
I loved this book!
Shakti Gawain, author of Living in the Light and other books
This is one of my very favorite books about teaching. Nobody else outlines what teaching is really like and how to approach is soulfully like Kim does. I created an entire course before I read this book on teaching - and it's great - but I wish I had this book before I created it because it would be even better. Luckily, Kim let me interview her to be part of the course. :-) If you have an interest in teaching anything in a way that is real, sustainable and honest - as well as fun - please read this book. And if you suffer as a teacher, double triple please read this book. You will be so happy you did!
Jennifer Louden, founder of TeachNow & best-selling author of The Women's Comfort Book
I love this book. I feel as if I can crawl up inside it and awaken the teacher within me in so many ways! Kim's style is at once open and circular, while also putting things into a clear perspective. If you think you might be a teacher/mentor/coach or guide, the questions and concepts of this book will rattle your treasured ideas and open you to whole new ways of being who you are. Getting Messy is a way of life for those who are willing to take the leap.
Rev. Linda Finley, Spiritual Director, Center for Spiritual Living
Getting Messy is an invitation to a radically different way of teaching, one that emphasizes the human over the mechanical and the ethical over the material. Kim Hermanson shows us how we can step away from an image of ourselves as masters and commanders clinging uneasily to our puny authority in the midst of a whirlwind, and embrace instead a sense of being pilgrims on a journey.
Bill Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
Getting Messy opens a courageous path of learning for all who teach or lead groups.
Aftab Omer, President, Meridian University
I am only 1/3 of the way through the book so far and I must say - it is brilliant! It is one of those life changing books for me. I know it is only a matter of time until my copy is worn and tattered from so much use.
Talia Walsmith, Operations Coordinator, Masonic Center for Youth & Families
Thank you so much for such an inspirational and directed work! I loved your ideas, your drive, and your aspiration. I really learned a lot, and look forward to applying your tools.
Michelle Wilson, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Indiana
Getting Messy is a revolutionists' handbook. Truly a timely book.
Jim Conlon, Director, Sophia Center at Holy Names University
Dr. Hermanson encourages and shares practices to help teachers elevate their teaching, ultimately resulting in space for creative genius to emerge.
Joyce Weaver, artist
Chapter One: Teaching is a Way of Growing ( Download Chapter One) Chapter Two: Connecting to Inner Wisdom Chapter Three: Creating Imaginal Space Chapter Four: Creating Space for Group Learning Chapter Five: Partnering With the Unknown Chapter Six: Cultivating Third Space Conclusion: Higher VisionGetting Messy is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, i-tunes, and local bookstores.