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Effective collaboration is considered a critical factor for success in school, work, and life. But how much time do we spend thinking about what makes effective collaboration and how it intersects with other concepts such as personalization and competition? As is the case with all Big Ideas there is a lot to learn by exploring the concept of collaboration. And what better what to explore collaboration than to embed it in a challenge?
Even with the expansion of prevention programs and greater awareness bullying continues to be a significant problem across all countries, communities, and contexts. Bullying is a significant big idea that needs to be thoroughly and contextually considered to develop meaningful and sustainable solutions.
The beginning of the new year provides an opportunity to take stock and make decisions to change behaviors and/or pursue new goals. For most of us, these resolutions will quickly be lost in the shuffle of our lives or become unattainable due to a variety of factors. One of the factors related to our ability to be successful in achieving our personal, group and institutional goals and resolutions is a Big Idea - ATTITUDE.
Each new year provides the opportunity to reflect and prioritize. In other words, the new year is the ultimate Big Idea offering a multitude of possibilities for essential questions and challenges. This year the Challenge team will be focusing on leveraging the Challenge framework and mindset to make positive impacts in our communities. For 2018 let's find small and large ways to take action and make a positive difference.
Equity and Equality are fertile Big Ideas because they have to be looked at through multiple lenses and across academic disciplines to be fully understood. These Big Ideas also are perfect for developing important challenges at a local or global level.
With the recent disaster of Hurricane Harvey devastating communities throughout the Gulf Coast of the United States, the challenge of "Help a community recover from a disaster." developed by the students of Ringwood North Primary provides a model for how schools can learn, reach out, and help.
Respect is a really Big Idea. The definition seems straightforward, yet it carries nuanced interpretations and corresponding actions depending on geography, culture, community, and generation. A deep discussion on respect is critical for understanding each other and improving relationships.