One of the most important elements of any 21st Century learner including teachers and those in almost any job is this: Collaboration! I like this graphic. It shows the 12 principles, foundations or pillars of great collaboration. It seems easy to do. It truthfully is not.
One of the big things that gets in the way of collaboration other than the TIME factor, is that of EGO. A long time ago I learned from Joyce Meyer that EGO stood for Easing God Out. It is true, when our egos get in front of us, we have pushed out God, but I would also like to suggest the same is true for the work place.
When our egos get in front of us here, we push away co workers. That is not how it is supposed to be. It is not best practices for a work place an in the teaching field, it is not best practices when keeping in mind that my decision making must be kept in the light of what is best for the students. As opposed of course, to the opposite, what is best for me.
Collaboration is not about me. Collaboration is others centered, others focused. I don't celebrate what I did, I celebrate what we did. It is ever evolving, continuously fluid and profoundly life changing. It makes the world a better place to be. So, support one another in their God given gifts and talents and collaborate!