What are strategies to help motivate teachers who aren't excited about blended learning?

4 answers

Sam J. Brooks, Expert Advisor, Jan 6, 2017

Many teachers feel threatened when discussing the onset of blended or personalized learning for students. Allowing them to get involved at their own pace is key to success along the way. We are entertaining digital natives in the classroom now and teachers have to be given time to "catch up" with the students. An attitude of "productive failure" is important and teachers must have the opportunity to try new things out, even if they fail at first. The one thing for certain is most students know more about technology than our teachers, but it is OK to learn from our students along the way. A more engaged classroom is the goal! This will give more time for teachers to work with students and differentiate the learning. Teachers who personalize classrooms must have room to try new things, even if they fail sometimes along the way.

Sherre Vernon, Expert Advisor, Jan 10, 2017

Teachers, as much as students, benefit from a personalized approach. The key is figuring out why they aren't motivated -- and their reasons do differ. Some, as Sam mentioned, have little or no experience with technology and are intimidated by it; others are successful teachers who don't see the need to fix what's not broken (these teachers often discover that blended learning fits in well with their already personalized approach int he classroom); some fear the impact of difficult-to-regulate screen time; some love to be front-and-center in their classrooms and blended learning shifts that; some don't want to do the data analysis and re-teaching that blended learning often highlights as necessary; I'm sure there are other motivations that aren't coming to mind right now. The point is, each of these motivations for resistance needs a different type of response from school leadership to "de-mystify" what happens in blended learning. Simulated blended learning experiences in the proposed digital platform, if done well, can help with this. There's also a need for capacity building (around data; student accountability; class routines) depending on where the teacher's resistance is coming from.

Rebekah Kim, Expert Advisor, Jan 19, 2017

Make the structures, resources and content relevant to what teachers want and need to help make students successful. In today's mad search for high quality CCSS aligned resources, we are in need of game changing approaches to teaching. Unpacking of standards, identifying resources and knowing that it is aligned to student achievement measurements is a priority in education. If we listen, name it and help our teaching staff in this journey, it could lead to better buy in.

Denis Zaff, Jan 20, 2017

We come from a slightly different angle as most of our instructors focus on corporate training.The most successful and efficient instructors who use Rukuku.com to deliver blended training programs got there by what we internally call a "snow ball approach". These instructors grow into their roles by:

  • starting a small, simple program
  • then building on that program by taking many incremental steps

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