“If we can set high expectations for kids, we’ve got to have high expectations for adults! Beliefs + Relationships are a must!” – Rafranz Davis
I’ve toyed around with the idea of badges or stickers for months. To be fair, I’ve toyed around with it for a year. Then a good friend referred me to Daniel Pink where his beliefs about motivation speak to me. I’m not a fan of the dangling carrot because it never worked in my classroom…except for temporarily. Eventually the carrot loses its flavor.
We are in the business to change mindsets…to change perception of learning and it needs to be lasting. If we only cater to teacher beliefs on a “surface” level, we are only implementing a temporary fix and not lasting change.
There will be many who will say that I am dead wrong because, for one, it works in their district. Here is what I have to say to that…
You were able to help an educator believe in the power of integrating technology…teaching differently. You made them feel confident enough to try and secure enough to continue. Guess what…it wasn’t because you awarded a badge or gave a sticker. It was because YOU established a relationship built on understanding and trust…They BELIEVED what you were selling.
I’ve built my career on that very idea of building relationships. I learned through my mistakes about the power in doing so. When learners, including adults, KNOW that you are there to support…and BELIEVE it…you don’t need tangible throw aways to change the course of learning.
I wrote a post about supporting reluctant teachers in tech integration. Before I cut out a single sticker or award a badge of any kind, this is where I’m starting.