I read a tweet that took me back to my days in room C105
‘Ignore’ those that will not change. Not worth the time & effort. Pull up your school by making policies for your best teachers. #Educon
— Adam Holman (@AGHolman) January 26, 2014
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.