Better teaching: Reluctance to innovate

Q. How many traditionalists does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Change??!! That lightbulb has always been there. And now you just want to throw it out?? Over my dead body!
Have you ever wondered why teachers (and parents) will defend traditional practices that don't reach that many kids rather than seek innovation?

Cognative bias explains why teachers think they know more than research in relation to how students learn

‘How you can make teachers stop worrying about research – and learn to love it instead’ link From
The key to lasting change does not lie in planning big, monumental changes, but in thinking really, really small. Link BJ Fogg at TEDx YouTube 17 mins
"Research suggests that teachers need at least 30 hours of planning in order to change their practice in a way that will last" Classroom Practice - 10 commandments of successful innovation. From David Weston at
Teachers experience cognitive dissonance over educational research Link Interview with Daniel Willingham in
Is Intuition the Enemy of Instruction? Link Because we are all subject to Confirmation Bias.
Blogpost from
Becoming Invisible In My Classroom “She doesn’t do anything. She gets paid to babysit us while we do all the work.” One teacher's (positive) reflection on becoming a facilitator. Blogpost from Jane Healey
"The Learning Pit" is a useful metaphor, because teachers and students find it hard to embrace initially Blogpost from James Nottingham
Push-back from students    
Students are reluctant to move away from the traditional lecture mode of teaching at third level. From the Times Higher Education supplement
Tips on how to convince students who are reluctant to go with your new teaching style Journal article from
Another take on this important point Blog post from sciencegeekgirl
The Hidden Contract Link An unwritten agreement between all parties not to change the status quo.
Published in The Physics Teacher jounal.

Convincing reluctant physics teachers to change how they teach

Frank's advice is to have the reluctant teachers administer a basic conceptual diagnostic test to their students

10 excuses teachers make for refusing to engage with technology Blogpost from Peter deWitt
Why staff training days are usually ineffective From
What happens when innovation is not only not recognised, it can actually go against you? Blog post from
This research actually contradicts the idea that teachers are reluctant to innovate "The finding that, in fact, teachers become more satisfied in their work when education systems go through a process of innovation may thus come as a complete surprise".
Obstacles to developing your own Personalised Learning Network (PLN) Courtesy of Tom Whitby