We can’t take offense to them ignoring it before if they hear it NOW!

In a past school year, a colleague and I were trying hard to sell the teachers in our building on a certain technology tool. ¬†The name of the tool doesn’t really matter. ¬†All that mattered is, we considered it a top priority – a tool that could really benefit students. ¬†So, we shared about it in emails, in team meetings, in staff meetings, in more casual conversations, anywhere that we could get an audience for it.

Later, one of the teachers attended a technology conference. ¬†They came back and were super-excited about a fantastic, exciting, new technology tool. ¬†They planned to use it the next day and couldn’t be prouder to have discovered it.

Yup, you guessed it: it was the same tool that we had been beating the drum for all year long.

My colleague was mad.

Colleague: “We’ve shared about this tool so many times and [this teacher] ignored us each time . . . and now she sees thinks she discovered it!?”

Me: “Who cares.

Colleague:¬†“What!? How does this not make you mad? ¬†You recorded videos, you wrote emails, you presented about it in meetings . . . “

Me:¬†“But . . . what was our goal?”

Colleague:¬†“To get teachers to use it.”

Me:¬†“Then we’ve met our goal and the students will benefit.”

The truth is, it’s hard not to be frustrated and offended in this situation. ¬†You pour yourself into your role as a tech coach (whether it’s official or unofficial) and work your tail off to try to expose teachers to the ideas that you believe in. ¬†And when they ignore it, it hurts. ¬†And when they discover it elsewhere and don’t even recall you sharing it, it hurts more.

But . . . it doesn’t matter. ¬†As long as the improvement happens, as long as the students benefit, as long as they hear the message from someone – even if it’s not you – you’ve met your goal. ¬†Take a deep breath and offer to support them in implementing that new tool!

We can’t take offense to them ignoring it before if they hear it NOW!