Ignore Those That Will Not Change? Absolutely NOT!

I read a tweet that took me back to my days in room C105


I have a problem with the “ignore those that will not change” part. Ignoring something doesn’t make it different and it most certainly does not make it go away. As a matter of fact, ignoring teachers that refuse to change does nothing more than hinder growth as we will always be pulled down by our weakest links…those that will not change.

On a personal note, it was extremely difficult working in a situation surrounded by teachers who were stuck in their extremely less progressive ways. I was miserable, especially during planning where not one thought or idea had anything to do with reaching students in a personal way. Ignoring the issues that were apparent within the department were exactly what led to low student performance. Ignoring those teachers created problems among those who were embedding collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

I think that Adam meant well by saying that policies needed to be made FOR great teachers in lieu of those that are not. However, I think that schools will lose great teachers by constantly ignoring those who refuse to change as it can be a truly stressful environment.

I’m not saying to NOT make policies for teachers who are doing what is needed. I’m saying to address those in the building who are refusing growth.

If developing those teachers is STILL not working, like any other relationship…it’s time to revisit those relationships and evaluate their usefulness.

Comments 2

  1. Rafranz,

    You have written about a very important aspect of leadership. It is challenging, to say the least, to support those that are unwilling to change their practice. Ignoring what is happening in their classrooms is not serving the students, especially those that need all the support they can get. We can not allow this to happen, our students deserve our best!

    Thanks for writing

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      Thank you David. I’ve watched and cringed as students walked into those classrooms knowing that they would not be served. To have students be able to “unlock the code” and understand that simply putting their name on the paper would equate to an “A” regardless of the work that they did was disheartening. Watching a school create 5 sections of summer school speech classes in addition to a speech recovery class to combat the throngs of students who were guaranteed to fail ONE Teacher’s speech class because of HER horrendous practices was just sad. This is something that happens often. We never talk about it. We ignore it and nothing ever changes. If anything changes in schools, I hope this practice is it.

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