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Teaching Cooperation Through Crafting

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 04:51

In a world where technology has shortened the distance between people, it's critical for children to develop interpersonal skills. Communication skills are essential to high achievement in academic pursuits, and are essential to a productive and fulfilling career.

It all starts in those early years, as children progress through preschool, kindergarten and primary school. As with all forms of learning, there's no substitute for hands-on experience. That's why crafting is such an important part of an educational curriculum. Crafting projects are, at heart, a set of steps to follow and a series of tasks to complete—ideal for teaching children the basics of collaboration, cooperation and teamwork.

Tips and Takeaways

  1. Help younger students incorporate the concept of sharing into projects by dividing tasks among them. Each must complete their task in order for the group to achieve the finished project.

  2. Older students can start with a desired end product—and work together to decide how to achieve it. Here, the teacher acts as coach or mediator.

  3. More advanced students will be able to incorporate collaborative dialogue into the curriculum.

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