Who are you? #WanderlustEDU #edtech #teacher #change

Sounds like the makings of a 70’s rock song… 

Well, who are you? (who are you? who, who, who, who?)
I really wanna know (who are you? who, who, who, who?)
Tell me, who are you? (who are you? who, who, who, who?)
‘Cause I really wanna know (who are you? who, who, who, who?)

…but I digress. 

You can take a personality test, a learning style inventory, or even a which-character-are-you quiz, but I would argue the power of meaningful self-perception. Perhaps a better title for this post would be “Who do you think you are?” It is extremely important that we recognize our strengths and weaknesses in our professional practice, such recognition can lead to real, positive growth. While you may take up the role of champion as a general way of perceiving your fit within your school system, we may find ourselves identifying with one adopter category or another when discussing emergent technology. We call these categories: Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, and Laggards. Adopter categories can be illustrated on a bell curve on the basis of innovativeness.

If you were to identify yourself as an adopter of innovation, where do you think you would fit in?

Image originally illustrated in Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of innovations. New York: Free Press. 

Make a mental note about what you think your “adopter category” is.

Now let’s try one of those tests. Think about your overall approach to innovation or change, compare all five words in each row and rank the words from 1 to 5.

1 = not me at all
2 = not very much like me
3 = sometimes like me
4 = often like me
5 = most like me

You may want to do this on a piece of paper and list out A – DD. Then tabulate your responses in the “TOTALS” row… and keep reading for the interpretation of your results.

Now that you have gone through this check the results here.

Understanding who you are in the change process is important. More about each of the categories and understanding people involved in change can be found here… better yet check out Chapter 3: Who Are You? in WanderlustEDU: An Educator’s Guide to Innovation, Change, and Adventure.

Let’s Do This!

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