Ed Shepherd, a middle school administrator in Virginia and valuable member of my personal learning network, recently posted a call for definitions of collaboration. In this case, I decided to forget my affinity for 140 characters and bring it to my blog. So, what is collaboration?
- Collaboration is “two heads are better than one.”
- Collaboration is having trusted partners in teaching and learning who shares the mutual goal of making one’s practice better.
- Collaboration is “the less you share the less power you have.”
- Collaboration is challenging those with whom you learn to question themselves, their thinking and their presentation.
- Collaboration is “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that?” and “Wow! I never would have thought of that!”
- Collaboration is setting one’s personal agendas aside to accomplish a more influential goal.
- Collaboration is “thank goodness someone else looked at this because I totally missed that!”
- Collaboration is not being alone when tackling a problem and having a body of support to come to a well-informed solution.
- Collaboration is Flat Stanley, the 21st century version. http://sapflatstanley.pbwiki.com/
What is collaboration to you?