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Susan Lucille Davis

Susan Davis is an education blogger, strategist, and consultant in Fort Worth, Texas. She also designs professional development programs for the Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools. You can follow her on Twitter @suludavis.

How to Work Together to Build Capacities for Collaboration

Having challenged, in my previous post for Getting Smart, some of the common notions we educators share about collaboration, I acknowledge that it is only fair that I take some time to wrestle with what collaboration really means and why it is so important as we prepare our students for the future.

Collaboration, Really?

When I think of instances of true collaboration, Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir comes to mind: a blending of individual voices, each making his or her best effort to interpret the phrasing to contribute to the breathtakingly beautiful whole, all with the common goal of rendering a beautiful piece of music together. This extraordinary accomplishment suggests to me a metaphor for what we need to be doing as educators.

Get Up & Dance: 5 Ways to Motivate Zombie Students

The saddest moments I've experienced recently with the students I work with, especially with the jaded older ones who are close to graduating, have occurred when they have told me, "I don't have any passions" or "I can't remember the last time I felt intrinsically motivated."