Sunday, October 4th, 2009 | IWBs
An interactive whiteboard has the potential to change the way a teacher works. But you may wonder, “What is wrong with the way I am working? I managed fine till now – why should I change a winning recipe?”
Change is not easy – particularly if you have worked hard to reach a zone of comfort. You may balk at the idea of changing at a time when you are reaping the fruits of your labour, having reached a point where your job becomes easier through years of practice.
There are good reasons why you should consider changing the way you work. The world around us is changing rapidly in so many ways:
- how we communicate – think about cell phones and email
- how we find information
- the preparation our learners need, to meet their future job requirements.
In a changing world you can’t afford to remain static. But there are other compelling reasons why you should accept the challenge of change. Why did you become a teacher in the first place? Perhaps you said, “I want to make a difference; I want to bring about a change in the circumstances of children.” Do you still feel that way? If you do, do you believe that you can bring about a change for others if you are not willing to make changes yourself?
If teaching is just a job to you – a means of earning a living – change may not be your priority. But if teaching is a mission, you will make whatever changes are necessary to meet the changing needs of your learners.
Do you view yourself as a life long learner? Do you want to be a better teacher? Are you determined not to be left behind? If the answer to these questions are “yes” you will want to make the effort to learn to use new tools, and changing methods, to benefit yourself and your learners.
If you find it difficult to make changes in the way you work, ask yourself, “Why did I start teaching in the first place – was it not to bring about a change?”
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5 Comments to My blackboard was always good enough for me – why do I have to change the way I work?
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