Tool: Associating new initiatives with familiar patterns
activities on the relationship of aging to learning during the past 20 years
have found that there are two brands or categories of intelligence, one
which increases during adulthood, while the other decreases.” Havighurst
(1980, p. 6). The kind of intelligence that increases is called
crystallized; it seems to be influenced by education and experience.
One implication for you and the teachers with whom you work is if new initiatives can be linked to past experiences, understanding and implementation will be accelerated.
Purpose of this tool: Trigger
your thoughts about the initiative as it connects to past experience. Ask yourself questions such as, "What associations can I make?" and "How
can I help others relate past experiences to what we are proposing?”
How to use this tool: Respond
to questions below with Yes or No. If Yes, force yourself to identify an example. If No, stop until you have developed and implemented
strategies that will result in a positive response.
- Am I familiar with the history of the initiative I am promoting?
- Have I personally engaged in a related practice in the past? If so, what did that look like? Feel like? Would beginning teachers have experienced it in their student teaching or internship? As K-12 students?
- Have I orchestrated conversations
about the effectiveness of what exists now? What seems
not to be working and needs to be modified or abandoned? What should be maintained? (Legitimation)
- Have I orchestrated conversations about our vision and expectations for the proposed change?
- How does the new or modified initiative
fit with our values; and, if disconnects exist, how do we accommodate