“Coming together is a beginning,
staying together is progress,
and working together is success.”Henry Ford
With the current situation, many parents are trying to figure out the best way to continue their kid’s education with minimal disruption. Even though most of the parents are trying to home-schooling their children, they still want to provide a classroom kind of environment where their child can interact with other children. Is that a valid expectation? Absolutely! From where I see, parents are looking for nothing but a collaborative studying environment where they want their child to have an overall personality development. And I will not shy away by saying that I am home-schooling my 4-year-old kid which has made me realize the merits of collaborative learning in comparison to silo learning even more. Let’s have a look at some of them:
1. Interactive Classroom Environment
When children study in groups, be it in a physical or online classroom, it gives them opportunities to discuss, build on each other’s ideas, debate, clear misconceptions, and reach logical conclusions. The learning process is much more interactive and interesting which tends to develop a feeling of healthy competition among children and motivates them to do better. Students take more ownership of their tasks and outcomes. They collaborate with one another to breakdown complex topics to understand them, leading to deeper learning rather than rote memorization.
2. Skill Building
As a teacher and a mother, another huge upside of collaborative learning that I have noticed is it inculcates essential qualities of patience, listening, empathy, teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving among children which helps them immensely in their future lives. Be it teaching a 4-year-old to keep patience and wait for his/her turn or teaching a 14-year-old to be open to listening to his/her peers, accepting different perspectives and viewpoints on a given issue, overcoming differences and capitalizing on one another’s strengths, resources, and skills.
3. Interpersonal Communication
As a teacher, I have also observed that learning with other students helps children to improve their communication skills by enabling them to articulate their ideas and thoughts in a clear and concise manner. Especially, it assists children with introvert personalities to overcome stage fear and increases their self-confidence and self-esteem. It teaches them to organize, assign, and manage themselves as well as others in the group for a common goal.
4. Feedback Acknowledgement
The most important factor is that collaborative learning helps students in taking responsibility, assessing themselves as well as their peers, and learning from their own mistakes and mistakes of others. When studying in groups, positive reinforcement works wonders in encouraging children to emulate behavior that is appreciated by the teachers which brings a positive behavioral change.
5. Developing Future Outlook
As more and more families are becoming nuclear, the need for peer learning becomes increasingly vital. Whether it is in the field of sports, professional career, or personal and social life, through collaborative learning children learn how to handle team-based situations. Every child has different abilities and interests and by working in teams we are able to establish a positive interdependence. Children do not only learn from teachers but to a great extent from each other which increases their knowledge, participation, involvement, and inspires them to learn.
In every facet of our real lives, we are required to co-work with other individuals to keep the ball rolling. Therefore, collaborative learning is a significant tool that imbibes children with social, interpersonal, and teamwork skills from an early stage. Lido helps in giving children a platform for collaborative learning and provides the perfect blend encouraging individual development as well as improving team performance.