In the opening chapter of Brookfield’s book The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom, he discusses the experiences of teaching. He raises the concern that there are many uncertainties in teaching and that instructors muddle through these uncertainties (which is okay!). He attempts to structure this muddling approach through practical reasoning, which consists of scanning, appraisal, and action (2006, pg. 6). The conclusion of the chapter is that instructors need to grow into the truth of teaching. This is a seemingly impossible feat to accomplish, since truth of teaching is unique to each instructor and what may be true for one instructor may not be the case for another.
I found this chapter interesting to read, but the style of the writing bothered me. Brookfield constantly referred to himself and his opinion was stated frequently with references not always provided. It was not until the third page of the book that he stated that his book would be an opinionated book. This was even more frustrating to me as I read the third and fourth chapters of the book first to prepare myself for the second assignment in PIDP 3260.
Hopefully I can overcome my annoyances with this book. I have never read an opinionated book. Maybe it will get better in later chapters. Only time will tell.
Brookfield, S. D. (2006). The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom (Second ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.