What’s stopping you or your peers from making a meaningful change in your teaching practice? What are the “yeah, but” arguments you hear when you propose a new idea, a way to do something differently?
Rob Mancabelli and Will Richardson, authors of Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, asked a few hundred teachers to list the “yeah-buts” they hear from other teachers, administrators, and parents.
The audience attending the packed ISTE Conference yesterday had a long list of complaints and objections they’ve heard along the way.
Here are just a few:
- It’s not safe to let kids experiment on the Internet.
- We need to block and filter sites.
- It’s always been this way.
- Is it standards-based?
- We don’t have this technology in our school.
- We don’t know how to use this technology
- It’s disruptive to the classroom.
- Will it help our assessment scores?
- It’s not rigorous enough.