Dealing with Change According to Peter Block, resistance to change is not based upon logic, it is an emotional response to the process. More information, more data, and more time will not solve the problem, only the resistor’s realization that they are resisting can remedy the problem.
Forms of Resistance Give me more and more detail, focusing on minutia Assigning blame to someone else regardless of the data, “It’s not my fault, it’s the fault of _____ (students, district, parents, elementary school, lack of work ethic, administration, state, NCLB, English Learners, Special Ed. Students) Repeating a question or comment over and over Asking off-topic questions that you really don’t care about the answer to Timing is wrong, I don’t have time, constant interruptions, deal with it later That won’t work in the “real world” Attack, aggressive, livid words, angry body language Illegitimate confusion, “I just don’t understand” Passiveness or silence
Forms of Resistance Focus on theory, problems, or methods to avoid taking action Unrealistic moralization, “Those people need to understand...” Low-energy agreement or compliance Flood you with detail, scattered facts, or organizational history
Practice What type of resistance is it? Above the line or below the line? “Anybody who thinks 100% proficiency is possible hasn’t seen MY 4 th period class!” “Our math problem is a result of our high population of English Learners.” (with data to the contrary) “Our proficiency problem is a placement problem. The district won’t let us put kids in the right classes.” (data to the contrary) “Students aren’t doing well in English because they aren’t motivated to take the CST test.” (data to the contrary) “I know I’m beating a dead horse but...”
What to do? Before commenting, ask yourself, “Will this comment contribute to student learning?” Before asking a question, ask yourself, “Do I really want to know the answer to this question or is it a symptom of my resistance to change?” Identify which type of resistance you are most apt to choose. Do research. Fear of the unknown is the biggest cause of resistance, so remove the “unknown” from the equation. Speak to someone you trust about the change. Ask them if your response is reasonable or resistance to change. Have them name the resistance if it applies.
PLC Activity On 5 Post-It notes, write down the 5 main classroom-level barriers to learning. In groups of 4-6, combine them, eliminating duplicates. Split them into two categories: –PLCs can help fix this –PLCs cannot help fix this
What do the DuFours Say? Richard and Rebecca DuFour say that the following are things that should be done in a PLC meeting: Early in the process: Develop norms Write goals Identify Essential Standards Create common assessments Identify successful strategies
What do the DuFours Say? After the initial work is done, the following activities should dominate meeting time: Analyzing common assessment data Looking at student work Discussing successful strategies/activities With the majority of time being spent on: Planning upcoming lessons based upon prior success Designing interventions to address weaknesses in the data