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Why You Should Let Your Teachers Solve the Problem

Question: My teachers seem to resent my suggestions and don’t follow through. How can I overcome their resentment and help them accept my suggestions?

If your feedback is resulting in zero progress from your teachers, you’re not alone. You’re also very frustrated.

Feeling like your teachers aren’t listening to you is like a punch to the stomach. You put a lot of thought into your feedback and it’s difficult to see it cast aside.

What should you do?

I have good news and I have bad news. The bad news is that the problem more than likely lies with your delivery. The good news is also that the problem more than likely lies with your delivery.

You may be part of the problem, but you can fix it.

Choice Architecture

One of the primary reasons teachers don’t implement suggestions made by educational leaders is their lack of ownership in solving the problem.

When you cite a single solution to a problem you’ve observed, you are telling the teacher what to do in his or her classroom instead of guiding him or her toward problem-solving.

This creates complacency in some teachers and resentment in others.

Instead of dictating a single solution to your teachers, implement choice architecture. This is offering two viable solutions to your teachers to choose one path or the other.

Now your teacher is in control of what happens next in his or her classroom. What’s more, the either-or scenario is a catalyst for discussion since you can go over the plusses and minuses of each.

A Win-Win Situation

Not only does this practice result in a more empowered teacher, it takes micromanaging the classroom off of your plate. The last thing you want to do as an instructional leader is guide the classroom direction for the teacher.

The goal is to enable the teacher, not direct the teacher. Allowing the teacher to own his or her solution path not only solves the problems within the classroom, it grows the teacher is his or her craft.

Provide more than one viable option and allow the teacher to choose which one he or she adopts.

Get a Backstage Pass to Leadership Lab!

There are plenty of questions that may pop up when implementing this method and we have answers for all of them.

You can take a peek into the training around choice architecture with an online backstage pass to our three-day Leadership Lab October 3–5.

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