COLLABORATION is the new technical aspect of learning

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Remember the days we used to world in cubicles and offices, learn in rows or individual desks away from each other? Well, times they are a-changing.

A classroom today should be ‘collaboration’ based. This doesn’t start just with the teacher saying – okay everyone get into groups, it starts with the furniture! 

Tables of at least 4 people or more should be used, plus a rotation of working environments also should be a regular thing.

One of the main reasons why people don’t like to work in groups is that they are shy……seriously, that is the truth. They are frightened that they will not be heard, that someone will boss them around and most importantly that someone may put down their idea as being stupid and dumb.   It’s all about self esteem. If you look at those who love to work in groups, it’s not just the lazy ones who would like the others to do the work, it is the ones who have far more developed social skills, are self confident, and are often open to learning new things through a variety of means.

Other studies have also shown that it is the ambitious ones who do not want to work in groups mainly because they will be driven by one single motivation, and want to reach that goal faster than anyone else. It is definitely true that if you want to get a job done, you may as well do it yourself because the amount of time it takes to bring onboard someone and train them to do that job will take 5x longer than if you just did it yourself. However the ambitious person is forgetting one important thing. It is true that to motivate and train a team member takes time, but once your idea gets bigger and runs for longer, you ‘re going to need that person more than ever. Learning to delegate is the hardest thing an ambitious person has to learn. So in turn, the first thing the ambitious person should learn is how to work with a team and delegate. This allows the idea to expand and grow ten times more than it was originally planned to be.

Innovation comes from team work not from just one individual creating something in their garage. For a starting point the idea needs to be formed, but it will only need to be a vision. It will be the team who create the entire final product, and take the ambitious leader to other areas they may not have thought of.

Team work and collaboration is the technical side of learning and discovery. Without teams there would be no project development, quality control and delivery to the world. Teams create an idea, perhaps with the germ from a visionary, but it is the group that need to embrace the new concept through their complete dedication to the bolts, strings and intricacies of the machine of learning.

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