I have to say that this session had information and content I am still processing. This is the first of two post.
Pink starts out stating that people spend about 41% of their time at work trying persuade people to give up something they value for something you have to offer. He believes that in education this number is much higher and I would have to agree.
Educators are trying to influence and move people to a new behavior. But we are doing it now in a much different landscape than in the past. In the past educators were the keepers of the information That is no longer the case. Students have access to all the information they need on their cell phones. Since that is the case we have a much harder job influencing or persuading students to accept new learning. Even with access to the information students still need teachers. Pink states "Having access to all of the information doesn't give you an advantage. Being able to synthesize the information gives you the advantage."
We need to change our perspective and begin to see things from other's point of view. Teachers need to be more empathetic to students and their needs in order to influence them to move their learning.
We need to use influence as a catalyst for change and understand that the areana that we are working in is much different then it has been.
More to come as I continue to process this information.
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