In one of the presentations I gave a few years back about standards-based learning, I used the slide below:
“If you want to take the excitement and passion out of innovation, make everyone do it.”
Have a few teachers implementing new grading practices? Let’s form an implementation plan so everyone is doing it.
Have a few teachers flipping their classrooms? Let’s make it a school-wide mandate.
Have a few teachers implementing new technology tools in their classroom? Let’s train everyone on those tools and expect to see them in most lessons.
Just like forcing all students to do the same thing all the time even though they all have different learning needs makes absolutely no sense, neither does making all teachers implement a practice in the name of uniformity and “fairness.” It’s not that teachers shouldn’t be trying to improve their skills by learning new techniques and practices, but I’m not sure what the long-term staying power of any innovation will be if the impetus originates from above rather than below.