Here are Joy International Primary School we believe in the 5C. But what are the 5C? How do we use the 5C in the classroom? What skills do the students build through the 5C? Who can use the 5c? Let’s take a look and dive into more information about the how, why, what, and who in this three-part article about the 5C. The first part was in April where we covered Critical Thinking. The second part will be our focus today, where Creativity and Collaboration will be discussed. The third and final part of the three-part series will be released in June where there final two 5C will be discussed: Communication and Confidence.
Let’s first take a look at the 5C basics. What are they exactly and what do they mean?我们先来看看5C。它们到底是什么，是什么意思？
We look at everything from multiple angles and perspectives.
We avoid oversimplified answers to complex problems.
We use strategies to come to conclusions.
We approach problems systematically.
We apply analytical and scientific methods appropriately.
We approach problems with curious and fresh eyes.
We have the openness and courage to explore.
We don’t always take the old path to get to our goal.
We expect to find truth in unexpected and surprising places.
We celebrate the generation of new ideas and solutions.
We respect and appreciate people who are different from us.
We take responsibility for one another in our attitudes and actions.
We follow rules which allow us to live in harmony with one another.
We provide honest and constructive feedback to one another.
We value the different strengths that each individual brings.
We value honest, clear, and direct interaction.
We listen actively so that we can deeply understand others.
We use and pay attention to both verbal and non-verbal skills.
We are sensitive to and appreciative of different styles of communication.
We seek to make our conversations efficient and productive.
We are secure in our beliefs and values, and act accordingly.
We are not diminished by the fear of failure.
We do not shy away from pain or difficulty.
We take initiative and embrace leadership opportunities.
We understand that all improvement is a never-ending process.
This week, we’re going to take a closer look at Creativity and Collaboration.这周，我们将走进去了解创造力和合作这两个5C品格。
Creativity is not something you are simply born with. It’s developed through not from sitting in a lecture, but by learning and doing through creative thinking processes. So why is creativity important?
Creativity stops old habits or patterns of thinking.
Creativity allows for unconventional ways of thinking.
Creativity connects us to our passions.
Creativity fosters confidence.
Creativity gives us a voice.
Creativity involves different learning styles.
In order to develop creativity in the classroom, it is essential that we, as teachers, encourage and allow students to use their critical thinking skills to come up with a solution to problems. In this way, it forces the teachers to take a step back, stop giving students solutions or answers, and allowing them the grace space to think for themselves. Teachers often ask students open-ended questions to help encourage the process like :
Think about your daily routine when you go to work. Who do you talk to? Who do you work with? How do you solve problems? How many people are you coming into contact with daily? How many different personalities are you working with each day? Every day you encounter many, many situations in which collaboration is required and you quickly understand that not all collaboration is equal.
Collaboration is an essential skill student must master because this skill will not go away, it is something that will always be used for the rest of his/her life. Recently, one of our Foreign English Teachers, Ms. Janet, wrote an article about Collaborative Learning 《Why Cooperative Learning》in which she shares activities that teaches the students not only English, but also how to work together like the activity Think-Pair-Share.
Students are also encouraged to work together through groups. Students in Grade One and Grade Five sit in desks that are grouped with other students. In Ms. Wendy’s Grade Five Classroom, each student group has a group leader who helps encourage the daily collaboration process between the students who sit together. Giving students team roles is a vital part of collaboration and allows students to participate and contribute at different levels.
Encouraging collaboration also forces teachers to take a hands-off approach and allow for students to solve problems as they arise. In Ms. Tina’s Grade 3, Class 2 Classroom, there are often arguments that happen between the students, which is a natural process for young primary students. Ms. Tina allows for her students to practice conflict resolution. Instead of fixing the problems for her students, Ms. Tina acts as a mediator and encourages productive, positive conversation between the students where they can discuss how they feel, why they feel it, and how to resolve the conflict.
At Joy it is vital that we as teachers allow our students the space to practice creativity and collaboration. If there is no space, there is no growth. But it’s not only a school-wide initiative that makes this work. It’s a collaboration between the school and parents. Looking for ways to foster creativity and collaboration at home? Here are a few ways:
Sit down with your student at the beginning of the week. Allow your student to plan a dinner or two during the week. Plan what will be cooked, what will need to be purchased, who will prepare it, and how it will be cooked. It also doesn’t stop at cooking dinner; collaborate after the meal to clean up, wash dishes, the floor, and put things away.
Practice conflict resolution. Don’t solve a problem for your student because it’s easier and faster for you to. Let them have the time and the space to fix it or solve it.
Let your student reorganize or redecorate a small space or his/her room.
Does your student have a younger sibling? Allow them to help you take care of him/her.
There are many ways to foster and build creativity and collaboration both at school and home. There are important skills for our students to master as they work on becoming leaders in an ever growing and changing world.
Written by: Jessica
Translated by: Sarah