As educators, we work to create a balance between independent and collaborative work. Collaborations necessarily involve challenges which require us to negotiate, communicate and work together. Social learning can maximize individual strengths, allow us to construct shared meaning and flex the, "We can do it!" muscle. In the studio, collaborations determine the momentum and trajectory of our studies. But independent work is equally important, providing opportunities for self reflection, skill development, focused attention and flexing the "I CAN DO IT" muscle. Both are necessary to the learning process. This week the children were clearly interested in learning together. Here are a few photos to illustrate the balance:
Notice opportunities for collaborations in your lives alongside children. What differences do you notice? Challenges? Benefits?