The e-pioneer does not take rejection personally.
Teachers do not always appreciate the efforts of e-pioneers. The e-pioneer could interpret the reluctance of teachers to adopt technology as a rejection of their efforts.
Perceived rejection is not always outright and could take many forms:
A teacher doesn’t turn up for training sessions.
A teacher doesn’t respond to e-mails.
A teacher doesn’t read the e-pioneer’s blog.
A teacher abandons the use of technology the moment the e-pioneer is not at the school.
Rejection of well intended efforts is discouraging – if taken personally it can be demoralizing. But remember: when this happens it is not the e-pioneer who is failing – the one who is not responding is at fault.
Think about one or two or a dozen teachers who are responding. Think about the fifty learners who are benefiting from access to technology. The feeling of rejection is dimmed in the light of such thinking.
Positive examples prove what can be done. Rather than letting a sense of rejection get to them, e-pioneers are determined to continue providing the necessary support.
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