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Teaching students to work together can be tough. Some want to own the project, and some want no part of it. But for all to learn, all must engage. And if learning is always a messy process, then collaborating to learn can be train-wreck-ish!
The activity in the pictures to the left was conducted by LMS Jamie Dutton to demonstrate how each person's contribution impacts the other's. It can be found at https://thewaterlilyway.wordpress.com She did the activity with the Yamada book What Do You Do With an Idea? and the Spires book The Most Magnificent Thing. Her point: Even when an idea belongs to you, other voices can sometimes help it grow stronger.
The activity is a powerful metaphor-in-action for a greater message!
Author: Susan Hayes
Principal, Barkley Bridge Elementary School