What is the biggest difference between students and teachers?

“What is the biggest difference between students and teachers?”

This is a question I was asked at an interview recently and there are many possible answers.   My answer..novelty.

We learn that novelty engages students.  We see it in the classroom all the time.  Flashlight Friday?  Quietest day of the year.  Why?  It only happens once or twice.  Kids love anything new and exciting!

Teachers…teachers fear the new.  Novelty is scary.  “Why change something that works?”  If you coach teachers, I guarantee you have heard this one.  Yes, education can move too quickly, drop things that work.  We need to be critical of new strategies, not dropping research based strategies that work for new ones without careful consideration.  But, in general, teachers are resistant to change, the opposite of flexible.  Teachers fear novelty!

Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 5.50.49 PMI’m curious, what would your answer be?

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2 thoughts on “What is the biggest difference between students and teachers?”

  1. New is great! I like to attempt new strategies and activities in the classroom. No lesson should ever be the same even when you teach them back to back. Different kids, different lesson!

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