Why Collaborative Practice?
21st Century learning encompasses being student centered, innovative, and inquiry based.
By one popular estimate, 65% of children who are currently entering primary school will eventually work in a job that does not exist today (World Economic Forum, 2017).
Student-centered, 21st century learning prepares students for the challenges and opportunities that will arise from changes in technologies, economies, and societies.
Evidence shows a need to shift towards developing skills in the 4Cs:
By focusing on strengthening a student's ability to evaluate information and to combine that information with imagination and ingenuity to create something new and innovative.
Collaborating with others develops the cognitive and interpersonal skills they will need to communicate, innovate and use information differently in the digital age.
Evidence, both nationally and internationally, highlights that teachers are better able to meet the diverse needs of children and provide targeted support and challenge through collaborative teaching.
Likewise, learning through collaborative teaching and collaborating with one another in a variety of ways enables learners to build skills in team work, listening, sharing their ideas, reflecting, and cooperating.
Our spaces are perfectly set up to enable this teaching and learning. Teachers will work side by side with each other and learners will have opportunities to work with all teachers in their hub as well as all of their peers.
Dr Julia Atkin, an independent education and learning consultant, discusses collaborative teaching and learning, and the spaces we learn in. "How well is this space set up for me to learn...?"