February 7, 2012
What Types of Students are the Most Gifted Collaborators?
Very few people will answer this question correctly. To find the correct answer, and get a good laugh, watch this video. Here is the good news -- collaboration is teachable. In fact, you used to be very good at it.
The homepage of the speaker, Tom Wujec, is www.tomwujec.com.
[Posted by Bill Henderson]
Bill, I'd say the video is more about who are the most gifted LEARNERS. I think before you can be a collaborator you have to be a learner. You can teach collaboration because it's an activity. Being a learner is a state of mind. That's much harder to teach. And trust me, I have been in organizations in which we've tried to teach collaboration, and it's tough, because of the infinite regress. Somebody in the group will think he or she (usually he) is the CEO of Collaboration. (And full disclosure: I have to fight that urge.)
Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Feb 8, 2012 2:25:45 AM
Jeff, I really relate to your comment. So we were born good learners and, over time, we tend to lose that propensity. That seems right to me. That is a tendency we ought to be able to at least slow with the right mindset. Great point. thx. bh.
Posted by: Bill Henderson | Feb 9, 2012 3:39:39 AM