The e-pioneer is a rabble-rouser.
A rabble-rouser is an agitator – a person who stirs up the passions of others. Some people hold a negative view of agitators. Should you be one?
Desmond Tutu is proud to be called a “Rabble-rouser for Peace” – the title of his authorized biography. This implies that one can rouse the rabble – the confused mob – in positive ways.
The e-pioneer should be a rabble-rouser for e-learning.
When the rabble are slow to respond to your gentle efforts to embrace technology as a teaching tool you may have to resort to other ways to rouse them to action. This is when you must assume the role of an agitator. Jump up and down, stomp, whoop, wave your fists, or do whatever is required to get their attention. Get on your soap-box and agitate for the adoption of e-learning. At times circumstances will dictate that you even do this in the principal’s office.
Rabble-rousing is effective only if you do it in small doses – when you over-do it, the force of the effort is lost. Keep this card close to your chest and play it when all else fails.
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