What teachers can learn from research about managers

NAIS made an inspired choice when they selected Sheena Iyengar to speak this morning! Some of her points, about leaders, that resonate with me can be applied to teachers leading learners. Sheena’s research suggests, as we all somewhat know inherently, that choice is an important component in engaging people. Based on what she said about employee opinions of managers, translated to teachers: if teachers give no choices; they are not good teachers and if they give too many choices; they are not effective teachers. This is so constructivist, guide on the side, student-centered… what other educational buzz words can we put here? The same philosophies always come back around and show up in different ways. Teachers have many, many choices. How they choose to delegate the learning choices to their students has profound impact on what they actually learn in the long-term. Another philosophy that always circles back is the importance of the individual and cultural differences. Sheena addressed these issues as well. I encourage you to read more about her and this fascinating research!

Advertisements

About drjillbrown

Jill Brown is a life-long educator with a BA in Elementary Education, MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and PhD in Educational Technology. She has taught in different states, at different grade levels (1st grade - graduate level) and in different formats (face-to-face, workshops, online synchronous and asynchronous). She conducted her dissertation research focusing on the necessary skills for teachers to be successful technology integrators in the classroom. Jill is currently an Educational Technologist and GOA Site Director at Albuquerque Academy. She serves on the NAIS Innovation Task Force and is President of the New Mexico Society for Technology in Education (NMSTE); an ISTE Affiliate and CoSN Chapter for New Mexico. She also served on the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) board, as treasurer and K-12 Representative, has been awarded the Making IT Happen Award, the Innovator Award by Innovate Educate, and has been recognized as a Woman of Influence for NM Business Weekly. She volunteers for ISTE, TEDx, and JDRF. She lives in Albuquerque, N.M. with her husband. They have two grown children. In her spare time Jill is a vocalist in a Trop Rock Band, likes to travel, ski and sail.
This entry was posted in Collaboration, inspirational. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to What teachers can learn from research about managers

  1. Pingback: The Daily Find: February 24, 2011 | NAIS Annual Conference 2011 Community

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s