Isn’t it easier to go it alone?
How do we do it?
Group work a lesson in itself: Teachers at MA facilitate positive group experiences by discussing how to identify working and leadership styles, as well as having groups define expectations before beginning a project. Afterward, instructors encourage groups to not only assess the quality of the work product, but also the performance of the group itself. Students grow in self-awareness, and will have a head start on their peers when it comes to college, professional, and community group dynamics.
The art of collaboration: Music, theater, and dance performance groups abound at MA, with a place for artists at every technical and skill level. These ensembles often collaborate across disciplines, and in the process students learn how to negotiate creative visions, how to listen to reach compromise, and the satisfaction of bringing art to life on the stage through shared commitment.
Projects further connections: MA brings together entire grades to work on shared projects as a capstone to each academic year. These collaborations require students to work together, drawing from many academic sources and disciplines to understand and propose solutions to a modern challenge. Projects such as a class-wide mock trial on human rights and environmental justice in Ecuador build students’ confidence in their ability to navigate complex issues and find answers.