They say the first step is admitting you have a problem.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the new Delicious interface, and if you read it you already know that I wasn’t thrilled. The site looks different, and some of the features have changed, and there’s some new terminology to learn.
Did you catch those key words? New. Different. Change. Oh, how many times have we shaken our heads in pity over our less-enlightened colleagues who bemoan these very things? (tsk tsk tsk) I thought I was above all that.
As you can see, Joyce immediately embraced the positive aspects of the new Delicious and began using it with her students. She didn’t waste any time freaking out over the unfamiliarity of it; she just plunged right in and made it work for her. That’s why she’s Joyce Valenza and I’m just me.
So I’m taking this lesson in keeping an open mind to heart, and I’ll remember my own feelings of resistance next time I’m sharing a new way of doing something with an apprehensive teacher. I think Joyce would approve.