Getting teachers to adopt new practices with technology isn’t easy, and (despite what many people think) it isn’t because of age or how savvy they are with the newest gadgets. It’s about buy-in. If a majority of the teachers with whom you are working have not decided that your goals are worthwhile, your efforts will fail. It’s that simple. Ignoring teacher buy-in is a mistake you can’t afford to make.

In the first of a two-part series, Adam Cole, our Innovative Learning Strategist offers some tips for getting your teachers onboard with your efforts.

A Guide to Getting Your Teachers Onboard 

Help Teachers Understand the “Why”

Free jean day and doughnuts will only go so far in getting teachers to try technology in their classroom. If you want teachers to make a long-term effort to reach their technology goals, it has to be intrinsic. That means they need to understand the “why.” These steps are important when getting teachers to understand the reason behind your coaching goals.

Don’t Be Afraid to Get Emotional

People make decisions with emotions, and those types of decisions often have the longest-lasting effects. Not convinced? Try convincing someone to start rooting for a different sports team or that their favorite author isn’t any good. You won’t have much luck because they have an emotional connection that runs deep. How can you translate that to help you accomplish your vision? Here are some things you can try to create an emotional appeal:

The secrets to a successful technology integration aren’t really secrets. If you are a coach or leader working with teachers, the first step is to invest the time necessary to engage them in the process. Ready for more? Check out Part Two.