"Instagram, Swiffer, and Nest had to compete with consumer habits and perceptions. Breakout products face competition from the formidable inertia powering the status quo," said Jay Samit.
Over coming inertia is hard, it is very hard to do and it is worth celebrating when we do see evidence of it being overcome. Overcoming inertia is the challenge that I am currently raging against on an apparently global scale. I love how Hamish Brewer says we need to change the conversation, and we need to be that change.
We need to change the conversation about what does effective math instruction look like in the classroom (Note, my focus is on mathematics instruction, but I believe all instructions falls under this idea). I am at this weird place in this journey as I don't know if I am crazy or if I am actually on a learning journey.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with what we consider traditional direct instruction and students often need this guidance to introduce some concepts, skills or review some skills. The problem is when this is the only thing we do to reach students. Most people, yes students are little people, do not truly learn a concept when you lecture at them and they, at best, passively take notes. Students need to be making sense of concepts and they need to talk about their thinking. We need to provide students room to think, to make sense, to wonder, to struggle and to make mistakes. Students don’t need more testing and more worksheets.
So how do we start to change the conversation? How do we overcome that inertia to change? How do we change the conversation and invite you to be the change? How can we not be #relentless for our kids?