The e-pioneer leads by example.
When e-pioneers feel they are not reaching the hearts and minds of teachers, they should first examine whether they themselves are practising what they are preaching. Aesop’s fable of the crab and her son drives the point home:
A Crab said to her son: “Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward.”
The young Crab replied: “Quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it.”
The Mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child.
The moral of the story is that example is more powerful than instruction.
One way in which an e-pioneer can set a good example is in the manner of communication. Perhaps teachers are reluctant to use e-mail. There is no better way to encourage them to use this form of communication than using it yourself! Principals who stopped sending out notices and instructions on paper and used e-mail instead have found this an excellent way of motivating teachers to adopt this mode of communication.
The e-pioneer never has the attitude of “do what I say; not what I do”. Leading by example is the best way to make sure others are following.
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