The arts are essential to education. Engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development. This week we explore one of the many arts education benefits: Collaboration!
Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce or create something
The arts require collaboration. Every person, no matter how small, plays an integral part in the creation of the project. Through the arts students learn to work together, respect each other and compromise. They see that each person is necessary for success no matter how big or small their role.
Did you know?
- The arts allow students to experience what it feels like to be active members of a community and to work as a team to achieve common goals.
- A study by Robert Slavin at John Hopkins have shown that cooperative learning helps children develop social and interpersonal skills
- Collaborative learning teams are said to attain a higher level of thinking and preserve info for longer times than students working individually
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
During the 4 to 35 weekly sessions conducted by professional teaching artists in New York City Children’s Theater’s residency programs, students learn to support and build on each other’s ideas through activities that promote collaboration.
“Sometimes it was hard to make some kinds of decisions as a group because we didn’t agree on something…but we still did it.” – 2nd Grade student who participated in Literature at Play
“They supported each other and respected each other.” – 5th Grade Teacher whose class participated in Literature at Play
Next week we’ll explore how students learn problem solving skills through the arts.