The Act Of Classroom Collaboration

1261 Words Aug 1st, 2014 6 Pages
One of the biggest key concepts for any professional job is to be able to collaborate. As humans we collaborate at multiple levels in our personal and professional lives. The Merriam Webster Dictionary describes collaboration as the ability to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something. In the text by Carol Kochhar-Bryant, collaboration means to work together. Within the classroom setting it is even more important to understand these basic definitions. At least two people come together for a common goal, seems simple. However, there are many barriers involved in the act of classroom collaboration. Collaborative groups are often put together in schools and businesses without a clear objective, goal, or end in mind. How is it possible for collaboration to succeed if there is no end goal? It cannot. So how do collaborators fix this, first they have to be able to understand the underlying issues of collaboration and then build on how to become effective collaborate groups. When educators can collaborate successfully it creates and ensures quality services while meeting each student’s educational needs.
In the education setting those who collaborate can range widely from administrators to parents to paraprofessionals and so on. There are a multitude of factors that can influence collaboration. Among those are size and composition of the group, alliances, obligation to cooperate, construction of a common goal, communication skills, mistrust,…
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