In Conceptual Theory We Trust

Now that I have attended a five-day leadership institute, it is time to return to school and put newly learned team-building strategies into practice. To have the courage to try them, I must trust the wisdom of experts more knowledgeable and experienced than me. It reminds me of the classic pendulum demonstration (video below). Will these techniques work, or will I take a blow to the face?


  1. Matt Montagne says:

    I struggle with this same feeling every time I come back from Stanford’s d.School or attend some type of design thinking workshop/experience. I try to think in terms of incorporating really small and easy interventions, but even these seem to pitter out after a week back on the job. At the end of the day, all I can do is model and talk it up to the best of my ability.

  2. Richard says:

    What is an example of a tiny change that has not received a positive response? I agree with your implied comment that the size of the leap is an important consideration for whether a teacher will try something new. I would add that obvious applicability to teachers’ overt teaching and learning goals is most important.