I had the pleasure of attending Higher Ed Camp today at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. It was an incredible day of learning. However, the big "take away" for me was the concept (and possible misconception) surrounding "angry dinosaurs."
What are "angry dinosaurs," you ask? Well, some people use the phrase to describe veteran professionals in an organization that resist change. The colorful phrase was noted to be especially applicable to technology by the group.
Well, I must tell you that I disagree with this concept. To me, it is nothing more than a stereotype. Anyone can be an "angry dinosaur." I've met many veteran teachers that are hungry for new knowledge and I've met some young teachers that were completely void of any passion or inspiration.
For me, the key component of the "angry dinosaur" is the "angry" part. People who cannot laugh and see the benefit of experimentation struggle with change and lifelong learning. So, take a chance in your instruction next September. Be a "happy dinosaur!"
What do you think?
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