So you’ve finally found some teachers to work with using technology in the classroom. You have planned projects together, gotten into the classroom with them and their students, presented to the students and some things have worked and some things have not. After the first go round you get to assess. I have sometimes had to remind teachers that new things don’t always work out perfectly the first time and sometimes we have to give it another go, learning from our difficulties from the first time.
Then it works, the project goes off as good as can be expected and the teacher are ecstatic! Praise that teacher up and down! Tell them how great they did, how much they have learned, how they are one of your best students. But don’t ride the wave too long, take those good feelings and jump right back into another project. The teacher will be excited, want to show off what they are doing and more importantly willing to experiment with something new. And that’s when you will start to grab some other teachers. They will see or hear what’s going on, see the success and people taking about (kids too) and want in. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen little by little, teacher by teacher. And soon you won’t remember a time when there weren’t teachers banging down your door to work with you!