19 02, 2015

Grow Yourself – Cooperation

2021-05-20T17:42:25-04:00February 19th, 2015|Tags: , |

COOPERATION The meaning of this word is "The process of working together to the same end." Wow! Rather a "loaded" definition wouldn't you say? If you really think about it, no one would be where they are today without the cooperation of other individuals who've come and gone through their lives. Does cooperation and teamwork go hand in hand? Working together isn't always easy is it.  There are differences of opinions of how "it"should be done.  Personal feelings get in the way, conflict erupts, compromises are made, someone doesn't feel heard, someone is not pulling their weight, intimidation, cultural differences, intergenerational differences....The list goes on and on and on. Sometimes "it" gets accomplished in a very smooth way and everyone walks away happy, with a sense of pride and accomplishment, learning from each other's experiences, knowledge, education, and maybe even making a new friend along the way. Sometimes "it" doesn't get accomplished because of all these differences and everyone walks away unhappy, angry, upset, and blaming others.  This is where the PLC can step in and help. The PLC offers workshops on conflict, intergenerational understanding, team problem solving, diversity and more. Click here for more information on these workshops. Here are some tips to help you be a more "cooperative" individual:  1).  Be Present - Be in the now: Be open and honest.  Have clarity about yourself and what talents you can "bring to the table" and what you can "take away from the table". Be willing to take a chance and

8 08, 2013

7 Ways to Teach Cooperation in Early Childhood

2021-05-20T17:43:11-04:00August 8th, 2013|Tags: , |

This is a great resource adapted from the National Center on Infants, Toddlers, and Families for parents, families, and anyone who works with young children. Click on the link to download and print as a pdf document: Early Childhood Teaching Cooperation Encourage turn-taking. As young as 6 and 9 months, babies can begin to engage in back-and-forth interactions. They also learn to imitate. This is a great time to encourage turn-taking as you talk and play with your baby as it helps her learn language and the joy of relationships. When you place a block in the bucket, give her time to copy you. Take turns putting objects in the bucket and dumping them out. As she gets older, take turns putting pieces in the puzzle, or shapes into the shape sorter. When it’s time to clean up, you can make a game of taking turns placing toys back on the shelf. These experiences are opportunities for her to feel the pleasure of accomplishing something as a team.  Do chores together starting at an early age. Let your child grow up experiencing the benefits of cooperation. Even 1-year-olds can help set the table and clean up toys. Point out the advantages of cooperating: “Look how fast we set the table. Now we have time to read a book before dinner.” Or, “Boy was it fun to wash the car with you. You are a great scrubber! Look how bright and

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