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  • Writer's pictureVlatka Butkovic

If it's Empathy That Counts, Why Plan?

Collaboration is not as spontaneous act as you may think.

A school is a beehive. That particular buzz in the air when you enter it during a break makes it seem like everyone is doing exactly what they're supposed to do: the kids are in the halls, the teachers talking to one another, the principal is talking to a child in the corner...

But is it really that spontaneous? What precedes those relationships? Are they all as successful as they seem at the first glance? Are they more successful than we might guess?

Take a good look the next time you enter your school: you will see little teams with their own neatly threaded interactions. Kids from the same classroom make one team. Within that team there are smaller groups that for different reasons work together better than with someone else. Teachers are another team. A teacher in the classroom is a member of the classroom team, too, but with a different position and responsibilities.

How do they work together? What unwritten rules are being followed in order to collaborate? What rules are consciously brought into a group to help its members resolve their issues and become more efficient, and, even more importantly - happier?

There are ways to collaborate, steps to deal with difficult issues, guidelines to create and learn as a team. What those are and how to implement them in your school/classroom, find out from the panelists at the 2nd session this Saturday at 11:00AM-12:00PM , Inquiry and Collaboration.

It is all about empathy. But empathy can be learnt and then taught.

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