Collaboration Without Tears For Students- K & G1-12 - Booking form
Collaboration is one of the most important skills needed in both education and the workplace.
Collaboration Without Tears
Kindergarten and Grades 1-12
What students will discover:
Just grouping kids without a clear strategy and asking them to create happily is generally less than effective. In this workshop, students Instead will learn the methods to not only positively collaborate but to create an excellent project as a group with minimal fighting, tears, and frustration. In longer forms of this workshop, students will walk through a project under guidance to not only reinforce the methods but to create a project that they will be proud of.
Single class - learn collaboration skills including
- What is collaboration and how can it be successful.
- Types of groups and styles of collaboration.
- Helping the students analyze the project and pick the best type of group and style of collaboration.
- Leadership and Followership - and how they depend on each other.
- Breaking the project into parts and assigning parts.
- Creating project expectations and managing them including positive language.
- Dealing with interpersonal issues and when to get help.
Half Day or Single Day - all of the above plus one of these:
One or two small group projects that can be accomplished in a short time such as:
- Group spoken word poem (full day includes collaborative editing of the poem)
- Dialogue to create a radio play or podcast
- Small scenes that can be knit together to form a short play
- Collaborative short story
- A literary project of your choosing
Week Long Residency - all of the above plus one of these:
- Write a class or school play and plan for performance.
- Write a choose-your-own-adventure story which can then be made into a group-written video game or a book to be published.
- Short story anthology - can be published
- Group Novel - can be published
- Poetry anthology - can be published
- Class or school magazine - can be published or created online
- A literary project of your choosing
Students will learn how to
- Effectively collaborate by examining leadership, followership, and equity as a means to a positive group experience.
- Styles and methods of working in groups and how to decide on the best style
- How to give and receive constructive criticism
- Picking a project, breaking it down, and gaining a better understanding of its elements from beginning to completion. (Ex: plot arc, character design, world-building, scheduling, drafting, editing, and publishing).
Curriculum Touch Points:
- Practice listening and speaking skills through sharing stories and presenting orally. Learn how to be a good listener, follow instructions, to collaborate effectively, and give helpful responses to classmates
- Learn about & examine story structure such as setting, characters, events, and narration, the different forms in which stories and messages can be shared, what makes a story enjoyable, and learn to make an enjoyable story.
- Learn about how to express yourself through writing, art, presentation, or physical demonstration.
- How to plan and execute a story, and practice imaginative thinking.
- Think critically about the creative process, including why authors write, their writing processes, and their audiences.
- How to listen and speak to improve communication, collaboration, and respectful mutual understanding.
- Explore story structure and methods of planning, drafting, and revising writing,
- Create interesting and engaging stories.
- Practice effectively presenting your work, strategies for being a good audience member, and how to give and receive feedback.
- Engage in collaborative dialogue, and learn how to contribute to discussions and consider others’ perspectives while effectively communicating ideas through writing, planning, organization, and editing
- practice oral presentation and communication skills.
- Build creative thinking skills and utilize language effectively for a particular purpose
- Learn to create written texts using a variety of forms and structures, for a variety of different audiences and purposes, including a variety of literary features.
- Develop group work skills such as attentive listening, giving helpful feedback, contributing own ideas, reaching consensus, and delegating tasks.
- Create effective strategies for revising work, as well as providing and accepting feedback from others
- Draw from personal experiences & knowledge to generate ideas and create original texts
- Consider the relationship between form, content, and purpose, and how it influences the expression of ideas and develops opinions and understandings through considering diverse points of view.
- Identify and consider the effects of literary techniques and features such as symbolism, theme, perspective, and use of figurative language
- Develop appropriate communication and behavioral strategies in group settings, and learn to give and receive constructive criticism while appreciating the diversity of thought and expression.
- Learn to recognize the influence of underlying assumptions held by oneself and others and negotiate, coordinate, and cooperate within groups to facilitate the completion of projects by practicing good time management skills and appropriate division of labor.
- Consider contexts such as audience and purpose to develop strategies for effective communication in a given situation
- Learn to experiment with language, image, and structure to create a variety of effects and improve personal craft. Consider the interplay of medium, form, and structure with content in writing, and use conventions appropriately
Cost for schools
This program is best taught as a single session (K-1) or half-day program (G2-3). Multiple classes can experience this workshop over a day.
- $350.00 a session (60-90 minutes)
- $650.00 half-day session (morning or afternoon)
- $1200.00 for a full day
Save money by booking multiple classes!
For example: For the single full-day fee, you can book two single sessions for Kindergarten - Grade 1 in the morning and a half-day session in the afternoon for Grades 2-3.
Not in the Calgary area? Contact us about getting a remote instructor.
School on a tight budget. Let's chat. We may be able to work something out.