- The “Changers” use their work as a platform to effect their world; make their school better for everyone involved – social position is not an issue – psychological condition is the issue.
- The “Contributors” are those who choose to do their jobs, do them well, and are rewarded. Change is not necessarily a need; it’s most important to do what works, and get it done. They locate who’s on the winning team and join that team.
- The “Coasters” are just that – show up and get paid. To them it’s just a job – life exists apart from work. Working is a palatable way to make a living.
In some of my former positions I would consider myself a coaster – especially some jobs … I think of working at the Silhouette Parlor in Disneyland. My only goal was to get through my shift; that way I could get paid and pay my bills. When it came to my coaching I would consider myself a contributer. It wasn’t within my conceptual view to try to change anything. I was trying to keep my head above water with a limited budget – I’m thinking specifically about my 3 years coaching volleyball at Stephen F. Austin. It took 2 of my 3 years just to make the cultural shift from Southern California to East Texas.
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Currently I see myself as a changer. I am starting with my students – introducing them to the excitement generated by Web 2.0 tools and setting students free to be creative and learn to teach themselves. I’ve seen some fruit from the ETIP program that I ran for almost 3 years. Now, as the Elementary Education Program Coordinator I want to really shake things up – I want to change how my colleagues look at and use educational technology. Some are making great leaps … and huge shifts … I’m curious to see where the tipping point will be – where the entire program will be impacted with the most appropriate use of ed tech and Web 2.0 tools. I believe whole-heartedly that we need to be preparing future teachers to know how to integrate these technologies into their teaching.
So where are you? Are you where you want to be? How can you change?