Thinkers Collaborate with Others

Collaboration is the ability to play, plan, design, work, learn, and think together. Thinkers choose to collaborate, knowing that the thinking and feedback from others will lead to bigger ideas and more thoughtful solutions. Team members in a collaborative group embrace diverse perspectives of each member and assume different roles in order to achieve group goals.
Collaboration benefits our students in countless way and we are passionate in our belief that collaboration should occur throughout the day and in all settings.  Collaboration during the practice portion of a workshop experience or in the reflection phase of instruction enables students to seek support from peers and adults to promote future learning. 

Collaboration:

  • Enhances student engagement 
  • Promotes a positive attitude toward learning
  • Develops oral communication skills and encourages active listening
  • Develops social skills
  • Creates an active environment energized by the thinking of many
  • Encourages respect for diverse perspectives and develops empathy
  • Encourages student accountability for learning
  • Stimulates critical thinking and helps students clarify ideas through discussion and debate
  • Enhances self management skills 
  • Establishes an atmosphere of cooperation
  • Develops students' sense of responsibility for one another 
  • Provides students with opportunities to provide constructive feedback and not criticism 
  • Sets high expectations for students
  • Addresses learning style differences among students

We encourage our collaborative thinkers to:

  • Think first to understand the thinking of teammates before seeking to have your own ideas understood
  • Analyze the strategies of others
  • Critique the reasoning of others and provide thoughtful feedback
  • Construct viable arguments in order to present your own perspective to other learners
  • Intentionally select people with varying perspectives 
     o collaborate with in order to broaden your own thinking and understanding 
  • Confidently share ideas and processes and not just answers 
  • Engage in meaningful conversations to further understanding 
  • Reflect on new ideas that have been generated within the group and determine what action is required to move forward 
  • Communicate your thinking clearly so that others can understand and respond to your thinking
 

Thinking Habit #2 - Collaboration: What does collaboration mean?

Collaboration is the ability to play, plan, design, work, learn, and think together.

 

Thinkers choose to collaborate, knowing that the thinking and feedback from others will lead to bigger ideas and more thoughtful solutions. Team members in a collaborative group embrace diverse perspectives of each member and assume different roles in order to achieve group goals.
 

2nd graders from Scottish Corners Elementary  collaborating around balloon cars. Student groups created cars and applied their understanding of the properties of air to make their cars go.