At Connected Principals, in Learning and Leadership, George Couros shared the following:
“There are people in this room, no matter how compelling of evidence or ideas that I have shared, or the experiences that I have tried to create, will do nothing different tomorrow. Are you that person?”
The answer is, “Yes, that’s me!” Sitting through professional learning recently, my sense of irritation mounting, I find I am no longer inspired by challenging talks that outline “successful leadership practices” and then proceed to encourage me to connect the dots, the distance between my imperfections and the target, clearly articulated by a speaker.
Yes, I am the guy that says, “You know what? If you’re showing me a possible avenue of growth as an invitation, well, then yes, I’m POSSIBLY open to that…if my learning path takes me in that direction. But, if you’re shoving that down my throat, you know where it can go.”
As I let the anger of my reaction bleed into the hard concrete, I feel a sense of irony. As I probe the irony, wondering why I’m feeling that way, I remember the conversation I had with another colleague only a few months back. “If you want to hold a campus accountable for technology, then why not invite them to try it out?”
|Source: Sylvia Duckworth via Dr. Z Reflects|
I wonder, “How long must we ask and invite teachers to adopt instructional technology practices as part of their work?” The question stems from a profound sense of dis-satisfaction for school districts to embrace teaching and learning with technology.
I like this quote that George shared in another blog entry…it’s less in your face:
“Once you stop learning, you start dying.” Albert Einstein
Connect the dots.