Dear Fox Chase Families
Collaboration is defined as “the action of working with someone to produce or create something”. We can see throughout history that collaboration has created some pretty remarkable discoveries in science, the arts, and some of our favorite fictional characters (think Batman and Robin - Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson). Pierre and Marie Curie were a husband and wife team who collaborated in the field of radioactivity in the late 1800’s when it was not popular for women to be involved in such scientific studies. John Lennon and Paul McCartney collaborated in the field of music and created a rock and roll sensation that continues to this day.
Our children are living in an era where collaboration is not only encouraged, it is necessary. Many of them will collaborate internationally through internet connections and in face to face situations. AVID includes collaboration as one of the 5 essential parts of learning (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading - WICOR). This year at Fox Chase we will be focusing on strategies that teach students how to collaborate. From the very beginnings at Kindergarten with partner sharing - look at your partner, greet them, thank them for working with you - up to participating in Socratic Seminars where students learn how to discuss, respectfully disagree, add on to each other’s idea and more.
Collaboration isn’t a new idea. Expecting adults to collaborate isn’t a new idea. But we have come to realize that explicitly teaching students how to collaborate will aid students in acquiring and developing tools that promote student success while working with content learning goals.
And, hey, it’s fun!
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller