The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom, Second Edition
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In this second edition of the book that has become a classic in the field, award-winning author Stephen D. Brookfield offers inspiration and down-to-earth advice to new and seasoned teachers. The Skillful Teacher is a comprehensive guide that shows how to thrive on the unpredictability and diversity of classroom life and includes insights developed from the hundreds of workshops conducted by the author. This new edition also reflects the many changes that have come about in the decade since the book was first published and includes new chapters that deal with emerging topics such as classroom diversity and teaching in online learning environments.


Stephen D. Brookfield is Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Prior to moving to Minnesota, he was professor in the Department of Higher and Adult Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is still adjunct professor. A four-time winner of the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education, he is the author of numerous books on teaching including Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher, Developing Critical Thinkers, The Power of Critical Theory, and Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning.



About the Author.

1. Experiencing Teaching.

2. The Core Assumptions of Skillful Teaching.

3. Understanding Our Classrooms.

4. What Students Value in Teachers.

5. Understanding and Responding to the Emotions of Learning.

6. Lecturing Creatively.

7. Preparing Students for Discussion.

8. Getting Students to Participate in Discussion.

9. Teaching in Diverse Classrooms.

10. Giving Helpful Evaluations.

11. Teaching Online.

12. Responding to Resistance.

13. Dealing with the Politics of Teaching.

14. Surviving Emotionally.




Praise for the First Edition of The Skillful Teacher

"Insights and practical suggestions to college educators for whom teaching students is a major part of their professional responsibility. . . . [Brookfield] will become to the field of education what Peter Drucker has become to management: a scholar who educates and influences practitioners in the field through incisive and challenging writing."
—Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education

"Readable, innovative, and perceptive. . . . The final chapters on the political realities and phenomenological truths of college teaching alone are worth the price of the book, especially for prospective, new, or veteran college, adult, or continuing education teachers."

"In an educational world that seems to be dominated by prescriptive exhortations. . .this book provides a refreshing step back from those preoccupations to look at the human relations that always are at play between teacher and student and between student and student."
—TESL Canada Journal