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