Stephen D. Brookfield’s Skillful Teacher (2015) – Chapter 1

Last night, I started reading Stephen Brookfield’s Skillful Teacher (2015). I am finding that the author draws you in by telling his teaching experiences. These stories are so personal. You feel like you are having coffee with the author and he is telling you his stories across from me. The stories are very authentic.

Brookfield is very open and candid. For example, Brookfield states the following “I know I will never strike a right balance between credible and authentic. I know I will never connect with everyone’s preferred learning style 100 percent of the time…” Brookfield is being realistic that it is impossible to deal with the diversity of students in the classrooms.

The author addresses the real situations that adult educators are facing now. Brookfield discusses “the arenas of confusion where teachers are struggling gladiators of ambiguity.” Teachers have to deal with ambiguity in the classrooms. Brookfield is not shy from discussing that all teachers will have to deal “irresolvable dilemmas.” If the teachers did not, Brookfield stated that they are in denial or coasting through their job.

The honesty that Brookfield brings to the book is quite refreshing. Brookfield challenges the reader to reflect on the challenging role of educators today. This book has my attention and I am looking forward to reading more.


Brookfield, S. D. (2015). The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom. John Wiley & Sons. p 6-7.




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