I met with two awesome teachers earlier this week. They see the value of educational technology and try to integrate it as often as possible with their instruction. One of them said to me the other day, “You know when you’re here and you’re sharing resources and helping us plan I get so fired up and excited. But then a day or two passes and it’s pushed under the rug and it never happens.”
I didn’t have much of a reaction to this teacher’s statement initially. He wasn’t complaining. I think his main intention was to share a struggle with following through. It was definitely a hurdle for him. The more I thought about it though I realized, “Well maybe I’m the one that didn’t follow through? Or didn’t follow though quickly enough? Could I have supported him more somehow?”
Teachers need continual support when it comes to using any type of instructional technology. It might be with a blended course environment or with an interactive whiteboard. I think I do a good job of maintaining regular check-ins with teachers I am assigned to, or even if I’m not officially assigned to them.
My job is to not only share my knowledge with other teachers. If I want my passion to be their passion, or OUR passion to be our teachers passion, then we have to offer continual support. We want teachers to feel successful infusing technology. We all know that a feeling of success is not going to happen with every lesson, technology or not. Teachers need to know that they have my support, success or not.