The Gift of Collaboration
- December 20, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Student-Centered Learning
Collaboration is not necessarily a skill with which we are born. For the most part, collaboration is a learned skill, one that we develop through social interaction. When students share ideas and both support and challenge one another to produce results that go beyond what they imagined possible, they are exchanging the gift of collaboration.
Working in groups or teams presents numerous opportunities for collaboration. While it’s important not to force collaboration, when it is presented to students as a benefit and a reward, the outcomes can be remarkable.
When students work together collaboratively, it shifts the focus from the teacher to the students themselves, presenting distinct opportunities for learning. The classroom then becomes a place for exploration, exchange and discovery. That’s one of the key differences in Yorktown Education and other schools. We know that collaboration is a great way for students to gain insight about themselves.
Some creative ways that we employ at Yorktown to stimulate collaboration include things like exploring an issue, sharing/delegating a task, a peer review, open exchange of ideas on a topic, or comments and discussion on a finished product.
A student-centered or personalized education like Yorktown Education offers is an environment immersed in collaboration. Guiding students toward doing what they love sets the foundation for sharing with others, discovering different perspectives, and learning to embrace and learn from both. This is the very core of the collaborative process.
Learning the value of collaboration early on gives student many advantages as they move toward careers and life-enhancing adventures ahead. As collaborative thinking evolves it also instills empathy, understanding and a healthy curiosity about lifelong learning.
Find out more about Yorktown Education and how the collaborative process guides the success of our gifted students.