The e-pioneer fights doubt.
Doubt is an insidious enemy – it makes e-learning appear to be an impossible target.
Teachers are beset by two different types of doubts:
Can e-learning work in the classroom?
Self-doubt – will I be able to master technology?
The first one is the easiest to overcome: the e-pioneer can show the doubter examples of classrooms where e-learning is making a significant difference. This could be in other schools, but often in the very school of the one having reservations.
Self-doubt is a difficult monster to conquer. Doubt is based on feelings rather than facts, which makes it difficult to fight. It is easy to refute fallacious facts, but not so easy to tell people that their feelings are wrong. The most important quality an e-pioneer needs to win the battle of the heart of a teacher is patience.
When teachers lament, “I will never be able to master it,” they mean that they doubt their own abilities. The best way to remove such doubt is taking them by the hand, working alongside them, progressively showing them that they can indeed use technology. This requires time and endurance.
A doubt is a disguised fear – a fear of failure. It is a negative emotion. The e-pioneer fights it by constantly applying positive reinforcement until the teacher believes that he or she can use technology effectively in the classroom.
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