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Defining Collaboration

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?

Check out the final product, an amazing Wordle

defining collaboration from Ed Shepherd.

Picture Credits: ChrisL_AK


One Response

  1. I love the way you’ve phrased this – it’s almost poetic. I’d like to find a way to share it with the staff at my school. We are a school with a big focus on collaboration.

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