Change... ah... one simple word that can cause so much pain. And teachers seem to live in fear of this word more than others. Is this because we are in a profession where change is constant?
Digital technology and e-learning "changes" seem to be one of the most dreaded forms of change in teaching. This makes it really hard to move forward as a whole school because everybody is at varying degrees of acceptance of this change. Fixed mindsets also add to the mix and suddenly everything just becomes too hard and too much too soon.
But perception is everything. I got some feedback today through a whole staff discussion around BYOD that has got me thinking. The feedback wasn't directly aimed at me but because I lead e-learning I listen intently to what people have to say so that I can make future choices about how I support them. A message that I heard (or perceived?) was that people just want one thing at a time to focus on and that there has been too many options of things...
This makes perfect sense! Choose one thing and get to know it well and use it in your practice.
So what is the problem then you may ask? There hasn't been any professional development given around e-learning this term. It hasn't been prioritised. There has been nothing new. And so you can see why I find this message strange and why I want to unpack it further.
There are 2 things that I want to reflect on:
1) How can we expect teachers to embrace change if we don't prioritise support for them to do this.
2) In the big scheme of things, is there just too much change?
Ok so let's start with an analogy, an analogue analogy even...
|A fair representation (not my actual desk)|
|A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle|