Fellow teachers and learners, you're probably familiar with Stigler and Hiebert's book The Teaching Gap. I read it several years ago, re-read it more recently, and ... I agree with the author of this post. There's much groundwork to be done in most schools before lesson study is even possible, let alone productive.
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- I agree that it can be traumatic, and I honestly feel for those teachers because the entire paradigm has shifted for them. It is hard to see the world change when you like it the way it is, and I don't mean that to be flippant in any way--it's honestly hard.
To scrap everything you know takes a huge amount of bravery.Jul 14, 2012
- - I agree! It's extraordinarily traumatic to have the world change on you. It's one thing when you see it coming (as I think you and I and and lots of our friends do), but even that can be a shock. To be blindsided by change, though, just when everything seemed to be "perfect!" Now, that is hard and painful. And I think we need to remember that, and advocate for those colleagues of ours, who need all the support they can get in this rapidly-changing world even if (maybe especially if) we don't agree with their old paradigms.
What do you think?Jul 14, 2012
- I often argue for them, for patience with them, etc. There is a huge degree of snobbery that comes up in the edtech circles that really gets to me. We've discussed that before, and compared exploring technology uses on your own like making recipes and the need to create recipe books for other teachers who are not unwilling, just not sure how to cook for themselves. I think that people who don't know how to move forward need guidance and tolerance. As long as we are continuing to innovate and train new teachers in innovation, why can't we be patient with those who really just can't find reason in themselves to do the same? Eventually the new generation will take over and the innovation will be the norm. And there will be new innovators. And perhaps we will then be those who are tolerated. I can only hope that at that point, the innovators treat us with the same respect.Jul 14, 2012
- - Yes, there is a sad degree of edtech snobbery in certain circles, isn't there? I suppose it, too, is partially a defense mechanism; it's hard to be a pioneer, especially when others don't see the value of what you're pioneering. So I suppose it's natural, though sad, to respond with snobbery and sarcasm. I try not to, and I also advocate for patience for the less-tech-savvy too.
In any case, I love your point about recipe books and the reminder that if we give humility and patience now, we'll be more likely to receive it, in turn, when we're old and crabby. "You know, back in my day, when everything was on the Internet ... you kids get OFF MY LAWN!" :-)Jul 14, 2012
- - Here's the thread about The Teaching Gap that I referred to in that comment this morning. I found my copy the other day while looking for something else, and I've now re-read the parts that Danielson refers to in the link. Oh, my goodness! I need to start a new thread, but what jumped out is this: Teaching is a cultural activity and is governed, like all cultural activities, by unconsciously held scripts.
That's why reforms (the kinds that try to change bits and pieces, or the kinds that appeal to purely rational motivators) fail. They don't take into account the powerful, unconscious, systemic scripts that guide teachers, learners, parents, administrators, and everyone else.
The only way to change the system is to address the scripts, but it's hard to do that when things are going "well" or even "OK."
What do you think?Aug 25, 2012
- Here's a link to the other thread I referenced in that last comment: https://plus.google.com/u/0/102340336817210055995/posts/bcxP15nt1MdAug 25, 2012