How do you know if someone needs help? How do you know if you need help? Today's build session focused on asking for and offering help, from the beginning of morning circle to the end of afternoon reset, we asked these campers to think about how they're communicating to make the most of their collaborative build sessions.
A lot of the time here at camp, collaboration looks like asking for and offering to help. Figuring out when to do that, though, can be really tricky. About how much a person should struggle their way through a tough problem depends on a lot of things. How familiar are they with the tools and materials they're using? What limitations of the tool, of their workspace, of the materials, of their own physicality, are they running into? When was the last time they drank some water or ate a snack? Knowing when to swoop in and offer some assistance is a fine art, and definitely takes practice.
Helping can look lots of different ways. It can look like holding things, it can look like a partner push, it can look like talking through a tricky design problem. No matter what, we encourage campers to first talk with the person they'd like to help, or they'd like help from, in order to most accurately diagnose the problem. Because, how can we expect to help anyone if we don't know what they're struggling with?
Luckily, we certainly have a helpful group of tinkerers this week! All day long, I see folks carrying long boards with a partner, giving partner pushes, sharing drills, holding things. And I think that's what this camp is all about.