On February 23rd, my sister gave birth to her first child. Meeting my niece this weekend was such a joyful experience, especially since it was the first time I felt comfortable with an infant and wasn’t completely exhausted. Watching my sister and brother-in-law talk to each other and with the nurses about their questions, concerns, and plan to meet the baby’s needs, got me thinking about how in life, literally from day one, we cannot survive in isolation but rather must be supported through the work of a village.
Bringing this to the school setting, it means that an essential part of preparing our students to be active members of this village includes preparing them to be communicative and collaborative, which is highlighted as a key feature of our Common Core State Standards:
Here are some recent examples of our students learning how to work collaboratively with a common purpose that reaches beyond a single subject area.
- 1st graders work on an engineering unit where they build physical replicas to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function.
- 4th Graders plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
- First Graders work together to make a salad from our garden and share it with students at other grade levels.