To be perfectly honest, I had a hard time reading this article. I sat down to try to read it five different times. It felt very jargon-y, nonspecific, and like there was some prior information I was missing as he referred to various terms.
Keep that in mind as I answer these questions.
What preconceptions or misconceptions about leadership and change did you find yourself questioning questioning from the Fullan article?
As I was reading this, I did not feel a tremendous amount questioning as I was reading this article. When discussing the section on Flawed Change Theories, I could easily find examples of times in my career when I have experienced less than ideal standards based district wide reform and professional learning communities that felt like the wheels were spinning. The third example of a flawed change theory (hire the best to succeed) might be the one that I have never experienced. On all of the hiring committees I have been on, I have never been guided by looking for the candidate with the most successful looking resume, but rather a personality that cliques with the group (maybe this is a Vermont thing?). As a person who tends to see how things can continuously be improved, maybe I am more of a skeptic than others on this matter, but I did not disagree with any of his claims about the flaws of that type of change theory.
Which part of the change theory article has the most potential to have impact in the change you are considering as your PITCH (see Pitch assignment below).
The part that resonated most with me is that people need to be motivated in order for a change to succeed. The change project that I think I would like to focus on for this project has to do, again, with our new PLP system. For us to have a successful PLP process, students need to submit work to an online portfolio to act as evidence for attaining proficiency in various transferrable skills (that sentence was rife with jargon. I apologize.) Teachers will be the ones that need to guide the students through this technical process. As I was reading the article, I kept thinking about what would be the motivating factor that would make teachers own this new change.
Would it be the fact that the lesson that they spent hours creating, editing, tweaking, and testing would be housed somewhere permanently and not crumpled in a backpack?
Could it be that that the teacher could showcase something that they created that would demonstrate to the student/parents/future teachers a student’s understanding of a difficult topic?