When I rationalize with old-school teachers why they should change their ways, the majority clam up or a minority push back.
If they are reflective and brave, they might ask about the risks of adopting the changes I suggest. For example, what are the risks of integrating social media into teaching and learning?
I can answer this question in at least two ways.
The expected set of answers is that you might find the going tough, make mistakes along the way, or get into a bit of trouble.
These are the risks of changing old mindsets and behaviours in order to learn new ones. You make calculated risks (not foolhardy ones), take the leap, and deal with what comes your way.
Here is the example question again: What are the risks of integrating social media into teaching and learning? The less expected answers might not be easy to stomach.
You risk being disconnected because you refuse to do what matters now and you do not learn from educators who are already plugged in.
You risk becoming irrelevant because you do not understand today’s learners and you fail to project tomorrow’s need.
You risk not making a difference because you rely on old, irrelevant strategies for new, complex problems.
These are the risks of giving into fear and the selfishness of not doing.
Do, or do not. There is no try.
If you choose not to do, can you live with the consequences of not taking risks for the sake of your learners?