Four Reasons to Collaborate
In education, collaboration happens during every school year and summer. Teams exist in many departments on campuses and it makes collaboration a natural part of most school processes. Collaboration is such an integral part of communication in schools that it’s necessary to keep it organized, intentional, and professional. Some might shy away from collaboration because of past experiences gone wrong. However, there are many reasons to collaborate that will enhance any educator’s work.
Collaborate to Share
There is something to be said for coming up with an original idea and getting to share it with others. Ideas often start in isolation and there is only the creator’s mindset present the entire time through conception. The exciting part of the idea process is sharing it with others to recieve feedback to make it the best implementation possible.
Collaborate to Have Fellowship
It is no surprise that research continues to show that humans are wired for social connections and fellowship with others. After sharing through collaboration, there is a connection that becomes apparent and gives the participants involved a sense of belonging. Healthy collaboration can strengthen team cohesion and relationships in a workplace and school. Through communication, individuals come together to create and that’s a powerful cause to contribute to, whether big or small.
Collaborate to Learn
When collaborating, it is very rare that someone can walk away without learning any information that is new. The information doesn’t have to be groundbreaking and can be assigned to learning a new trait that a team member possesses. Whatever the new information learned, it causes growth and therefore, collaboration strengthens knowledge in different categories and capacities.
Collaborate to Create
Collaboration can break down current systems through analyzations and build new ones. Some of the best ideas come from collaborating with partners that have the same goal. The more a group of people own different perspectives and beliefs, the more diverse the conversation can lead to unique outcomes. If a person is looking to create a new product, idea, process, etc., they should look to individuals to consult through conversation and collaboration.