Today our students are increasingly required to be highly collaborative global citizens who can work effectively in teams and who can learn from and contribute to the learning of others.
They will need to demonstrate responsible social networking skills and empathy in working with a diverse range of people. To be able to work collaboratively with others and in a team is a competency that is essential in learning in life and success in workplaces, families and communities.
People collaborate every day in a variety of learning environments - in schools, universities, work, communities - both face-to-face and online. The depth and impact of this collaboration is dependent on how well learners communicate, the partnerships established with peers and the authentic connections they can make with experts and people of all ages in the wider community.
Links: AITSL: The Essential Guide to Professional Learning: Collaboration
The Essential Guide series unpacks the research behind key themes of The Australian Charter for the Professional Learning of Teachers and School Leaders and The Australian Teacher Performance and Development Framework. The Essential Guide series provides insights and practical strategies to help teachers and school leaders engage in effective professional growth. The Essential Guide to Professional Learning: Collaboration explores the importance of collaborative professional learning as well as the role of the school leader in supporting a collaborative learning culture.
Is your school's professional learning culture collaborative?
Consider the following:
- What support is provided to teachers to facilitate collaboration?
- How is an effective culture of collaboration developed and maintained?
- Is collaboration driven by clear and measurable goals for improvement?
- How are learnings translated to classroom practice?
This requires shared substantive decision-making, drawing on and combining the strengths and perspectives of the whole team.
When learners demonstrate a highly effective and synergistic approach to working interdependently they not only leverage each member’s strengths but provide opportunities for each to build on those strengths and learn new skills. This includes ensuring that team decisions are discussed at a deep level, ensuring each team member’s strengths and perspectives are incorporated to come to the best possible decision that benefits all.
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Structuring Collaboration for Student Success
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- Edutopia: Nurturing Collaboration: 5 strategies
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Investigate tools for collaboration
- Classroom Aid: Tools for Collaboration
- Docurated: 102 Free (or free to try) Online Collaborative learning Tools for Teachers and Educators
- Edutopia: Digital tools to connect local schools
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