One of the great concerns of some teachers is school leaders going to conferences. Concerns may be aired as, “what are they [the leader] going to bring back this time for us to do?” Another concern may be of the school leader who likes to read books about education in their summer vacation. Again, concerned voices can be heard saying, “what great finding are they going to share with us and ask us to implement this time?” When education consultants and keynotes speakers are brought in to work with schools, similar types of concerned reactions can occur. Note that depending on the situation, all, most, some, or just a few teachers may display an element of concern.
So what lies behind these concerns? Here are four possibilities:
- Could it be that teachers are fearing yet another new initiative?
- Could it be that teachers do not understand why engaging in this new learning / idea / initiative is important?
- Could it be that teachers do not respect the educational research / ideas presented?
- Could it be that teachers do not view what the leader is asking them to engage with as important; the teacher(s) have other priorities?