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Colourful and complex... students' thoughts about like-mindedness

Working (effectively) with like-minded peers is an essential element of the MindPlus programme. But what do children actually think and say about working with their like-minded peers?... I asked two classes of gifted children and here are their responses:

Learning with like-minded peers…
-          It’s easier because we don’t have to explain ourselves or our ideas
-          It’s not as hard as working with non-like-minded peers
-          We can work together on the same things, or on different things in the same ways
-          We can help each other learn
-          You can understand each other
-          We can learn from each other
-          It’s just easier to work with like-minded peeps

     Communicating with like-minded peers…
-          We don’t have to tackle ‘what does that mean?’
-          You can really properly listen to and think about other people’s ideas
-          It’s waaay easier to communicate

Connecting with like-minded peers… (socially and emotionally)
-          We ‘get’ each other
-          You can connect with others
-          We go through similar things
-          It’s interesting to be able to talk to people who are like you
-          You learn better social skills from being with people who are more similar than different
-          You can understand what other people are feeling, and they can understand what you are feeling

And in summary, it’s a colourful and complex experience.

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  1. Thank you all so much for contributing to the blog tour! I loved your ideas, and think you expressed the importance of working with like-minded people well. Keep up the good work :)

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