Getting buy in from administrators
Terrible conversation with my Principal (a former math teacher) today! We were “discussing” why I wasn’t using the book for most of my lessons. I explained that I was doing something “new” this year by presenting students with problems to solve, and sparking their curiosity, before rushing to the algorithm. I made mistake of using the term “problem based learning”. He proceeds to tell me that he was just at a seminar in Florida and learned all about the “negative effects” of inquiry based learning. “Negative effects” I said???? What??? He stated that the speaker discussed how research has shown that test scores go down with inquiry based learning… He even laughed as I tried to explain the positive effects, making me feel like my attempt to increase student learning (for all) was silly or trivial. I think I’m still in shock.
What do you do when your administration doesn’t get it????