I sat with a group of independent school educators during lunch today — back in the shade (or near shade) and away from the rest of the conference attendees. They were the tech staff of a single school, and were all quite knowledgeable and experienced in the issues of managing a technology program for a K-12 school.
We discussed many of the issues of modernizing classrooms that come up in nearly all of these conversations, and at one point I asked, was there anything compelling in last nights address about why teachers need to think of their job in a different way. They all said, “Yes!” (why not?)
“But you are preaching to the choir.” Said the woman sitting directly across from me.
Then I asked, “Was there anything that I said that would help the choir to sing better?”
Without hesitation, she said, “No!” She continued explaining that she had thought about the presentation for much of the later evening, and although it was a good and compelling presentation, there was nothing in it that helped her to accomplish her goal. I’m not sure how I responded. I know that I maintained an even keel, but I also knew that this was something that I was going to be thinking about for much more than a single evening.
Wait a minute… I have to do the closing address tomorrow morning. Not much time!