So… what’s the deal with change?

This post has been co-created with Silvia Tolisano, Florencia Noguera, Paula Gómez, Silvia Carrasco, Verónica Sosa, Sabine Ditsch and Claire Behrendt.

 

Hi, everyone! WE’RE LIVE!!

Mike Fisher is skyping with us right now (hi, Mike!), and we’d like to ask him some questions on a topic that’s very relevant to us nowadays: Resistance to change.

Here at Cohort Goethe we are eager to learn about Teaching 21st century students (22nd century even!) BUT… we know not everyone is as excited as we are to change everything they’ve learned about teaching.

We asked our Modern Learning expert, Mike, and he gave us some very interesting answers.

Resistance is everywhere. 

Yes, change is hard. It’s even more difficult as you get older. BUT it’s definetly not impossible. It’s all about changing the way we document the learning process.

 

WHY DO WE NEED TO CHANGE?

While talking with Mike, we came to many conclusions.

First of all, we need to teach for the world we live in, of course. This is the world the next generation will live in and we need to find the way to make education more effective here and now.

But that can’t be just “it”. We aren’t going to change just because students are different nowadays. We also need to change for ourselves. If we’re stuck in the “this is the way we’ve always done it”, we’re lost.

We need to know WHY change is necessary to be able to choose what’s more efficient for both us AND our students. This way we can find the best means to share our successes and search what’s already successful, and replicate it.

 

WHY IS THERE RESISTANCE TO CHANGE?

Many teachers are afraid of change, and still prefer that “isolation” about what they do. Contrary to what we thought at the beginning, this is not really about age, but about willingness.

Some of the reasons for resistance amongst many co-workers might be:

  • Lack of knowledge;
  • Unwillingness to try new things;
  • The Belice that it’s irrelevant.

But we need to understand that every good teacher is also a learner. It’s in that learning process that we grow.

HOW DO WE FIGHT AGAINST RESISTANCE? 

The key is in the students.

Students get excited about change, and that’s getting more and more impossible to ignore. As teachers, we need to make our co-workers understand that, unlike many believe, change is NOT our enemy. We need to help them find the willingness to let kids explore and discover new things while we coach them. Let them find things on their son.

Thanks for everything, Mike!! It’s been a pleasure!!

 


(Follow Mike at @fisher1000 on Twitter and learn all there is to know about Modern Learning!)

More of his super cool wisdom in his book, Ditch the Daily Lesson plan: How do I plan for meaningful student learning?.

8 Comments

  • Michael Fisher commented on febrero 22, 2019 Reply

    Gracias por invitarme a hablar con todos ustedes. Esta entrada de blog es maravillosa. ¡Me encanta ver la colaboración en acción y me encanta ver la documentación de su aprendizaje!

    • marianad commented on febrero 22, 2019 Reply

      Muchas gracias, Mike! Seguiremos en contacto para más Modern Learning 🙂

  • Anselmo Benassi commented on febrero 22, 2019 Reply

    I feel much more comfortable considering the term evolve, instead of changing. With evolving, I mean “going through an integrated process in a specific system”, since learning is a contextualized process in a very specific system (usually called context).
    Now, the system is dynamic, which has limits that are not always clear, but certainly expandable. Very important, it connects with other systems to exchange information. (information, because knowledge is human)
    I see another reason to prefer to use “evolve” as an action descriptor for these purposes. It gives me the idea that evolving implies a certain awareness of the past. For better or for worse, the past has taught us and given us the tools to move forward.
    Naturally, if one looks back, one is different, one has changed. And we probably recognize that we have been able to modify some things in a system that did not suit us.

    • marianita commented on febrero 24, 2019 Reply

      Gracias, Anselmo. Let’s evolve, then!

  • Alejandra Oberbeil commented on febrero 23, 2019 Reply

    Excelente post! Muy interesante. Y me encantó el timelapse!!!👏👏👏

    • marianita commented on febrero 24, 2019 Reply

      Muchas gracias! El time lapse es de Silvia Carrasco.

  • Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano commented on marzo 5, 2019 Reply

    I absolutely LOVED how this post ended up showing the different contributions of the cohort members. Thank you Mariana for being the live blogger and curator of pulling it all together, presenting and publishing the documentation of our experience!

    • marianita commented on marzo 9, 2019 Reply

      Awwww yes! It was a wonderful experience!
      I finally know what live blogging means! haha

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