What benefits will I reap when I cease resisting change?

Saturday, December 18th, 2010 | technology

Teacher metathesiophobia – the fear of change – is a barrier to teaching and learning in the twenty-first century.

A fear of change – or even a reluctance to change – leads to stagnation.  It also results in wonderful teaching opportunities slipping through your fingers.

Imagine you were a teacher in the early nineteenth century.  The blackboard was invented in 1801 and appeared in classrooms shortly thereafter.  At the time these blackboards were in the category of high technology.  How would you have reacted to this new invention?  With the wisdom of hindsight you’d probably say that you would have embraced it immediately!  But what if you were comfortable with your existing teaching media and anticipated the way in which the new board would throw your routine into turmoil?  Should you have resisted change?  If you did not accept this change, just imagine what opportunities you would have missed!

The situation is not any different today with the introduction of modern technologies – computers, mobile devices, interactive classroom tools and the internet.  If you are willing to adapt to change and include these technologies in your arsenal of teaching tools, you will benefit both yourself and your learners.

Think about the ways it will help you:

The use of technology can enhance your teaching.

You will have a feeling of being in control in a classroom of learners who are already engaging with technology in one way or another.

Learners will respect you.

Now think about the way it will benefit your learners:

Learners love technology – using it in your lessons helps to hold their attention.

When you bring technology into play in your classroom you will be teaching learners in the way they learn best.

They will be equipped with technology skills required by the workplace. 

Are these not enough reasons why you should welcome the changes brought about by modern technology?

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4 Comments to What benefits will I reap when I cease resisting change?

Kathy
Saturday, 18 December, 2010

It’s interesting to find out more about education around the time of the invention of the blackboard. Most children were not formally educated at that time. Boys usually learnt trades at a young age, often taught by their fathers. They may have attended “Sunday School” learning rudimentary literacy and numeracy. Older children often taught the younger ones. Wealthier children had access to small, private schools and governesses. The boys went on to study at a few well-known universities and entered a small range of professions. So much has changed in the world, yet we still cling to a very traditional way of thinking about education. Technology enables us to completely rethink how children can learn. But it is so very difficult to let go of the way we think and embrace new ideas…

Kobus van Wyk
Saturday, 18 December, 2010

So true, Kathy. If the education fraternity can only let go of their ‘traditional way of thinking about education’. I wonder what the chances are of this happening!

Mark C
Sunday, 19 December, 2010

I am inclined to think that some traditional methods work. We can just make it better by using technology when, how and if it is appropriate.

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