Change and change management are constant factors within the life of an educator. Whether the context is school or facilitation based, the ever-changing trends in education mean that ongoing professional development and lifelong learning have never been more important. Education in New Zealand is immersed in technological change, and has been for some time. For many who are viewed as ‘outliers’ to the adoption of such technology, it’s time to come in from the cold and find their leadership legs. But with change comes resistance. I used to refer to the change-fighters as ‘eye-rollers,’ a common sight in many staffrooms as something new is being shared. The frustration at being on the receiving end of the roll can often be a tremendous distraction, but it wasn’t until recently that I began to question my understanding of their resistance. Do I validate it? Acknowledge it?
From Pete Hall’s presentation at Net Hui 2015
Pete Hall from Network for Learning recently posed the question, ‘What if our views of the qualities we believe make someone a better educator, are not in line with the views held by those resisting?’ Is it simply a case of one being right and one being wrong? There are many reasons behind resistance to change, summarised well by Torben Rick on his blog.