Lame Excuses- Why Aren’t Teachers Integrating Technology

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Thank you to the Comment Challenge, I am discovering so many new and great blogs. One post that caught my eye today was Lame Excuses from Learning in a Flat World. Britt Watwood quotes Mitch Ditkoff on The Idea Champions Weblog’s post The Top 100 Lamest Excuses for Not Innovating

His recommendation is:

  1. Make a list of your three most bothersome excuses.
  2. Turn each excuse into a powerful question, starting with the words “How can I?” or “How can we?” (For example, if your excuse is “That’s R&D’s job,” you might ask “How can I make innovation my job?” or “How can I help my team take more responsibility for innovating?”
  3. Brainstorm each question — alone and with your team.

I am suggesting to personalize the list from Mitch’s blog to match the ones that you hear most often at your school. Then, at a faculty meeting, let each teacher pick three excuses why they are not integrating technology or want to change their current teaching practice. Let them turn those into a positive question. Here are some of the “excuses” that I have head and some that are adapted from the original list mentioned above.

  1. I don’t have the time.
  2. I don’t have the right hardware
  3. I don’t have the right software
  4. Grades are due
  5. Administration is not requiring it
  6. Administration is requiring it, but not supporting the implementation process.
  7. I’ve got too much on my plate.
  8. I’m just not not the creative type.
  9. I’m already juggling way too many projects.
  10. It is my first year teaching
  11. I’m not good with technology
  12. The lesson worked without technology before.
  13. There’s too much paperwork to do. I don’t have time for anything else.
  14. Our students’ parents aren’t complaining, why change?
  15. Teachers don’t like change. That is the way it is.
  16. I was going to, but the explanation wasn’t clear.
  17. I’ve already got enough headaches.
  18. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  19. Now is not a good time to start a new project.
  20. If I succeed, too much will be expected of me.
  21. Nothing ever changes around here.
  22. Things are changing so fast, my head is spinning.
  23. I don’t want another thing to think about.
  24. I won’t have any time left for my family.
  25. I’ve never done anything like this before.
  26. It’s not my job.
  27. I don’t want to go to any more meetings.
  28. It will take way too long to get up to speed.
  29. Summer’s coming.
  30. I’m trying to simplify my life, not complicate it.
  31. I don’t have the patience.
  32. I’m not sure how to begin.
  33. Spring is coming.
  34. Maybe next year.
  35. I would if I could, but I can’t, so I won’t.
  36. I was going to, but the equipment was not available for check out.
  37. I was going to, but the computer lab was already reserved.

What are some of the excuses, you have heard? Please add them as a comment. What about your solution in approaching teachers who rather give an excuse than plan better, shift priorities, or as Andrea Hernadez on EdtechWorkshop in her own post of Lame Excuses and Bad Habits points out:

The only thing that can not be addressed even with the best professional development is a lack of passion for being a learner

Check out this nifty excuse generator , in case you ever need one :)