When I first heard about change management system, I thought it related only to business in economy and the things like that. However, sometimes we notice that one thing used in one sphere can also be useful if we apply it to the other one. The example is Change Management in Education.

After power point slide show on Change Management, I noticed that we can borrow the way this management works. Many people are wrong when they associate management with business only, because it exists everywhere, but called a bit different or sometimes not called at all for people don’t know what it is. In the classroom, we can call it classroom management, at home – family management, etc. However, we need it, mostly, in workplaces.

It is impossible to establish one rule and follow it for the rest of the life. Due to the development, changes occur and occur. Modern and well-educated people accept these changes easily and adapt to them very quick. The situation becomes difficult with older people, in our case – with older teachers. Their mind cannot and, sometimes, won’t accept anything new and totally unknown for them. That’s why our old teachers find it easy to reject all the changes in the classroom. Certainly, even some young teachers are not ready for the changes. It is where we need change management. As you know, changes break the order of the old things: they damage the balance between control, confidence, competence and comfort. Old methods instead of old ones cannot control the organization of the lessons any more, as a result, an old-method-using teacher loses confidence in the lessons, which will lead to the incompetence in the classroom, especially, in the modern classroom. All these changes will take such a person out of her/his comfort zone. I, as a young teacher, would rather put efforts to learn new things rather than to stick to the old methods and suffer afterwards.

What I want to say is there are still some people, even some of my groupmates, who say all old teachers don’t accept changes in methodology. To me, it is more like a stereotype today than a real truth. Yes, there are teachers, who don’t accept changes, but what is their origin? Villages and remote areas. In cities, it is vice versa. Let’s take NIS as an example, the teachers are open to new things, they are ready to learn from young generation. As for the village teachers, they need a person, who will explain them that it is not so hard if they listen to. It is where we need a change management system.

City school teachers have already time, information and involvement (according to the slide) to adapt to the change successfully. The question is if village school teachers have enough information and involvement. Even key points of the change management:

  • People need time to adjust and adapt
  • Negativity is part of the process
  • Timing is based on each individual
  • Anticipate and plan for stakeholder reactions
  • Listen to the resistors
  • It’s not about you, don’t take it personally

mostly, refer again to info lacking teachers. It sounds to me ridiculous when one of my groupmates say that the problem is still in old teachers. Don’t they notice it having practice/work at school? Or does NIS have only young teachers not to think about?

City teachers are more informed and they need only to be taught to control the changes occurring themselves. As for the village teachers, they should be learned not to reject the changes, but accept first. That is the most important for Kazakh society.

Change management needs to each individual, because changes in the society mean changes in each person’s behavior. After graduation from school, I went to the city, I made some changes in my behavior. Then I moved to Astana, I made some changes in my behavior. Later I will work in Astana school, and I will make some changes accordingly. The challenge for me will be not the changes, but rather the way I adapt and adjust to those changes.

Change is a progress. Everyone should accept it in the heart.