Integrating technology, project based learning, personalized instruction, etc all require a change in a teacher’s pedagogical practice. That is a pretty complex change as there is nothing simple about people, teaching and learning. The teachers I support are my ‘students’. I need to know what is not working or missing to help them achieve success as they continually fine tune and perfect their craft. Over the years I have used Knoster’s thoughts on managing complex change. There are various versions of the model floating around the internet. I have include one below*.
Kostner’s take on complex change helps me figure out what they are missing, what hinders them from having success integrating technology or implementing other changes. Once I know where the trouble lies I can develop the best way to support them. The answer isn’t always more training. In some cases more training** just hinders the process. Sometimes it is just helping a teacher find the vision of what could be, or the incentive to keep plugging away or procure the resources they need to be successful. So when things are not going well it is worth taking a look. It is also helpful to remember our teachers are individuals and sometimes whole group strategies are not very helpful.
* I have removed the diagram that was linked by request of Dr Mary Lippitt.
** Please read my previous post and my take on training.