Collaboration – A learning Disposition
Each week we have merit assembly where we celebrate the work the children have done over the last week. Certificates are written by the teachers and children come to the front to hear positive comments from their teachers. It is a wonderful event and children really enjoy celebrating their achievements and developments in their learning behaviours.
Children from Year 5 and 6 with Merit Certificates
I like to take the opportunity to talk to the children about our learning dispositions and what they mean. This week, I spent some time illustrating collaboration. This word comes from the joining of co (meaning together) and laborate (meaning to work). It is best illustrated by the proverb “Two heads are better than one” and the words in Ecclesiastes chapter 4 :
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
We looked at two video clips one of four award winning DJS, who when they collaborate can create something quite amazing. And of course we saw a clip from Doctor Who, where 12 doctors came together to solve a pretty big problem.
At Churchfields there are many occasions where our children collaborate. This could be in a team game with Miss Brown or a dance with Mrs Bradley. It is also a feature of lessons where children sometimes work together to solve problems. This is a disposition that they need both as study skill but also as an essential skill for the twenty first century workplace.
I look forward to seeing further examples of effective collaboration around the school and on certificates in merit assembly.