LO5 – Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively

I worked with the other members of the executive team and Mrs M, our supervisor. I found working collaboratively to be a very beneficial, yet sometimes challenging, experience.

One benefit was that working together allowed tasks to be split up more effectively. For example, in preparation for the clubs fair, which was crucial in gaining members at the beginning of each school year, different tasks were assigned to different people. One person had to gather the tables, another had to print and put up the posters around the booth, another had to set up their computer to show a presentation and online survey and so on. Similarly, one exec member was in charge of running the junior meetings and one was in charge of running the senior meetings. Delegating and specializing in something allowed it to run more smoothly and efficiently.

Another benefit of collaboration I realised was the new ideas that it could generate. When facing tough problems, more heads lead to more solutions. I found the exec meetings we had on Friday to be very beneficial in this. Also, collaboration can help make tough decisions.

Each person also has unique skill sets and experiences to bring to the table. For example, in grade 11, one of the executive members was also very involved in MUN. When we discussed how to increase participation in competitions, she told us what MUN normally did: put out a list of all the events at the beginning of the year and have people sign up for interest then. That makes people more accountable when the time for the competition actually comes and means more people can make time for the competition. Another example would be Mrs M, who had experience coaching debate before, so she gave very insightful feedback to us. Also, with her experience managing students and knowledge of the student body, she helped us in understanding the ways members would react, for example, in gr 11 when there were no more people showing up to the junior meetings, she advised us to drop that section of the club and work on other areas, as clearly there was no more interest. If not for her advice, I might have tried to carry on the club even when there were better uses of our time and clearly no interest.

Students are able to identify, demonstrate and critically discuss the benefits and challenges of collaboration gained through CAS experiences

The student:
– shares skills and knowledge
– listens respectfully to proposals from peers
– is willing to take on different roles within a team
– shows respect for different points of view and ideas
– makes valuable contributions
– is responsible for participating in the group
– readily assists others
– is able to identify, demonstrate and discuss critically the benefits and challenges of collaboration gained through CAS experiences.