【国际高中部】 Collaboration and Creativity in Literature 文学，带你合作与创新
Hello, I am Emily. In my classroom, individual work as well as collaborative work are two meaningful and efficacious avenues for students’ academic learning and personal development. In American Literature, students have recently been challenged to collaborate and cooperate on a particularly creative level.
With a recent text, “The Awakening,” students collaborated in small groups to design an artistic illustration that captured an abstract theme inside the text. “The Awakening” revolves around a main character’s internal struggle for independence and external conformity to nineteenth-century society. Tasked with capturing the complex dichotomy of the central theme, students were given no regulations or restrictions other than to demonstrate their comprehension, creativity, and cooperation.
Students began by exchanging ideas through discussion and organizing their various roles in fulfilling the assignment. Through communication and delegation of responsibility, students agreed upon a central image and its various symbolic components that captured the theme of the text. Students then collaborated to complete the illustration and share a verbal analysis with the class. Ultimately, students in their small groups produced exceedingly impressive, thoughtful, intelligent and creative approaches to the complex task of “illustrating” and analyzing theme.
Beyond this particular task, students weekly engage in collaborative assignments, such as group discussions, pair discussions, Socratic seminars, writing exchanges, group presentations, and peer-editing. The ultimate goal of the collaborative classroom is to develop the individual through the challenging and meaningful dynamic of working alongside others.
Collaboration trains students in developing a host of essential skills that are increasingly meaningful in higher education, as well as the professional world. On a macro-level, group work and peer collaboration foster students abilities to delegate roles, organize ideas, communicate effectively, cooperate kindly, as well as lead and follow. Collaboration in the classroom not only fosters intellectual and academic skills but life skills and relational skills – such as communicating through differences, managing time, offering constructive feedback, offering social support, as well as developing one’s own personal voice.
Classroom collaboration develops skills in students that go beyond academic performance. Collaboration requires personal responsibility, a cooperative attitude, a critical mind, and a willingness to listen and lead that shapes students’ personally and individually. Education must not only target academic excellence, but also develop students’ moral character, sense of identity, and ability to live alongside others. The qualities collaboration fosters can shape individuals to become great leaders and listeners – a long-term goal and passion of this institution.