Sprouting Great Ideas – Collaborative Classrooms
At 21, Collaborative Classrooms founder Bryson McLachlan is in his final year of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo. Bryson's Equinox Fellowship project fosters creative collaboration in public schools through design thinking projects.
In March of 2015, a Grade 11 and 12 classroom in the Region of Waterloo will be engaging in a collaborative design challenge, focusing on a design issue of choice in their school. Through creative problem-solving and cooperative planning, students will design a solution and implement it in their school. The project will serve as a model for other collaborative classroom projects at the school and throughout the region. McLachlan will be documenting and presenting on the collaborative classroom through his academic research work.
In an era of increased standardization, North American teachers are looking for ways to bring collaborative skills into their classrooms so that their students can enter adulthood with the necessary problem-solving skills. Collaborative Classrooms provides teachers with a toolkit of proven curricula that empowers students: project-based learning that builds a flexible, adaptable skill set that can be applied to any academic or professional environment.
"The project also brings an understanding and appreciation of the variety of ways in which different disciplines operate when it comes to problem solving," notes Bryson.
This Collaborative Classrooms project uses a learning module curriculum guide created through TakingITGlobal’s Sprout e-learning course as part of WGSI’s Learning 2030 Fellowship program.