Once again Brookfield has made this chapter informative and entertaining with his style of writing.
Teaching in a diverse classroom is definitely not new to me. As a sailing instructor I can expect people from all walks of life in my courses. Sometimes I have teenagers with a parent, sometimes I have a 70-year old looking to rekindle their love of sailing. As such, I really need to tailor my teaching for various levels within the same class. That can be tricky.
Brookfield discusses how to accurately gauge diversity in your classroom using formal assessment tools. I generally do not go to this depth of analysis, but I do request some background information from my students and when I teach a lesson I try to touch on all types of learning styles (visual, audio and tactile).
I also enjoyed the section on team teaching. I do not get to do this often here in Nelson as I am a one-woman shop, however, when I go to the Coast to teach I really enjoy tapping into my colleagues abilities and knowledge to help further my own. My goal is to take new courses each year to further my knowledge of either sailing, safety or teaching. So far I have a few extras in the bank with the PIDP!
As Brookfield notes at the end of Chapter 8, we will always fall short. I will never leave a course thinking I taught everything perfectly and that there was nothing I felt I could have changed. I learn from all of my courses and all of my students. This is what makes teaching so rewarding. I am a lifelong student experimenting and growing as an instructor as I go!
Brookfield, S. (2015). The Skillful Teacher on Technique, Trust, and Responsiveness in the Classroom. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.