Brooms, Crayons and Salad

What do these three things have in common?

Would it surprise you if I said collaboration?

Last week I led a brainstorming activity around collaboration. Teachers worked in pairs to provide key words to describe what collaboration looks like, feels like, and sounds like.

Broom, salad and crayons were some of the answers I got. I panicked. Did I not explain myself clearly enough? Provide enough scaffolding for the non-native English speakers?

So I asked.

“Why Broom?”

“Because to make a broom you must have many small strands all tied together around a strong post. When they’re not tied together they are not strong enough to clean up.” Thanks Ms. Dian

From the literature: Collaboration involves bringing people together for a common purpose.

“And salad?”

“Because in a salad you have many different pieces, but when they’re put together you get something healthy.” Thanks Ms. Dina

From the literature: Collaboration needs a diverse group of people working together to result in innovation.

“Tell me about crayons.”

“Sometimes the colours might clash, but you cannot create a complete picture without all of them.” Thanks again Ms. Dina

From the literature: Genuine collaboration can be demanding and challenging, but it has the potential to transform education.

‘Nuff said.

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