Sunday, January 23, 2011

Words vs. Real Change

As leaders in statistics education continue to inspire us to change our teaching and assessment methods, push ahead in letting go of old content, and incorporate new technological tools in the classroom, Seth Godin, the author of Tribes, reminds us that
It's a lot easier for an organization to adopt new words than it is to actually change anything. Real change is uncomfortable. If it's not feeling that way, you've probably just adopted new words.
"Assessment for learning", "bootstrapping", and "cooperative-learning" are only a part of the rhetoric until we embrace these ideas in the classroom. Sometimes making these changes seems like they are beyond difficult, and they can certainly be time-consuming in terms of preparation. But the end result is awe-inspiring.

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