Better teaching: Reluctance to innovate
|Q. How many traditionalists does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Change??!! That lightbulb has always been there. And now you just want to throw it out?? Over my dead body!
|Have you ever wondered why teachers (and parents) will defend traditional practices that don't reach that many kids rather than seek innovation?|
Cognative bias explains why teachers think they know more than research in relation to how students learn
|The key to lasting change does not lie in planning big, monumental changes, but in thinking really, really small.||Link||BJ Fogg at TEDx YouTube 17 mins|
|"Research suggests that teachers need at least 30 hours of planning in order to change their practice in a way that will last"||Classroom Practice - 10 commandments of successful innovation. From David Weston at tes.co.uk|
|Teachers experience cognitive dissonance over educational research||Link||Interview with Daniel Willingham in tes.com|
|Is Intuition the Enemy of Instruction?||Link||Because we are all subject to Confirmation Bias.
Blogpost from learningscientists.org
|Teacher realises her methods are popular but ineffective, struggles to change direction||crazyteacherlady.com|
|Students are reluctant to move away from the traditional lecture mode of teaching at third level.||From the Times Higher Education supplement|
|Becoming Invisible In My Classroom||“She doesn’t do anything. She gets paid to babysit us while we do all the work.” One teacher's (positive) reflection on becoming a facilitator. Blogpost from Jane Healey|
|"The Learning Pit" is a useful metaphor, because teachers and students find it hard to embrace initially||Blogpost from James Nottingham|
|Tips on how to convince students who are reluctant to go with your new teaching style||Journal article from chronicle.com|
|Another take on this important point||Blog post from sciencegeekgirl|
|Get students on board||Feedback from students about their positive experiences of collaboration|
|The Hidden Contract||Link||An unwritten agreement between all parties not to change the status quo.
Published in The Physics Teacher jounal.
Convincing reluctant physics teachers to change how they teach
|So what's a conceptual diagnostic test?||I don't think this will convince relucant teachers but if you're open to challenging your own habits then give it a go.
|10 excuses teachers make for refusing to engage with technology||Blogpost from Peter deWitt|
|Why staff training days are usually ineffective||From ebtn.org|
|What happens when innovation is not only not recognised, it can actually go against you?||Blog post from joebower.org|
|This research actually contradicts the idea that teachers are reluctant to innovate||"The finding that, in fact, teachers become more satisfied in their work when education systems go through a process of innovation may thus come as a complete surprise".
|Obstacles to developing your own Personalised Learning Network (PLN)||Courtesy of Tom Whitby|