The benefit of age and experience is that they allow us have a plethora of knowledge that we can draw upon to grow as educators. The downside of age and experience is that they cause us to develop the “Old Dog Syndrome”. My abilities allow me to be strong in areas, but also play tricks on my mind that I’m not smart enough to make a change, this another symptom of “Old Dog Syndrome”. Finally, our “Old Dog Syndrome” is reinforced every day by our comfort levels.
BUT LET ME BE CLEAR!
Young adults and even students can become affected by “Old Dog Syndrome”, it’s easy to spot symptoms of Old Dog Syndrome, which include but are not limited to the following statements:
- I can’t learn this.
- I’m too old to learn this stuff,
- I’m not tech savvy enough,
- I’ve done it this way so long that I’ll never be able to change,
- I’m not as good as (insert name or group of people to wrongly compare yourself),
- This is too difficult,
- I’ll never be able to (insert task).
To combat Old Dog Syndrome, we can take on the following actions.
- Ask for help from others,
- Tell leaders where the challenge is within the change,
- Accept the fact that change is part of every facet in our world,
- Make a daily commitment to learn one new thing each day,
- Never use age as the barrier to growth.
- Never accept difficulties as a reason to stop growing and learning.