Harnessing Virtual Co-working for Early Learning Educators

by | Apr 24, 2024 | Articles

Harnessing Virtual Co-working and Body Doubling: A Game-Changer for Early Learning Educators

In the digital age, the concept of working alongside others has evolved beyond physical spaces, introducing virtual co-working as a dynamic tool for professionals across various fields. For early learning educators, who often juggle extensive planning and creativity in their programs, virtual co-working, and its subset, virtual body-doubling, offer innovative solutions to common challenges.

What is Virtual Co-working?

Virtual co-working is like parallel play for adults. It refers to the practice of working alongside others in a digital environment. This can be facilitated through various online platforms where individuals log in and work simultaneously on individual tasks. It’s similar to a physical co-working space, but with the flexibility and accessibility of being online, allowing people from different locations to connect and work in parallel.

At Early Learning Café, the Co-Working Café room is the perfect place to work alongside others. The space replicates a physical gathering space, and offers collaboration tools, like sharing a screen, working together creating a slide presentation, sharing a google doc, or brainstorming with post-it notes on a whiteboard.

What is Virtual Body-doubling?

Virtual body-doubling make me think of interactive play for adults. Being in the presence of another person narrows the focus within virtual co-working specifically to combat procrastination and enhance focus. It involves two or more individuals committing to complete tasks at the same time and often in view of each other through video calls. The simple act of being observable by another person can significantly drive productivity and accountability.

At Early Learning Café, being present with others in our free Co-Working Café while you do preparatory work can increase both your productivity and morale. There are also one-to-one side rooms if you want to ask someone to join you to consult or think through an idea.

The Science Behind Co-working and Body Doubling

The effectiveness of co-working and body doubling is supported by neuroscience. The presence of peers can increase the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and oxytocin, which boost mood, motivation, and a sense of connectedness. This biochemical response not only makes the task at hand more enjoyable but also increases the likelihood of task completion and personal satisfaction.

How Virtual Co-working Spaces Benefit Early Learning Educators

For early learning educators, preparing for the next day’s classroom activities can be daunting. Virtual co-working spaces offer several specific advantages:

  • Idea Exchange: Educators can share creative ideas and get instant feedback, enriching the learning experience they can provide.
  • Emotional Support: The role can be emotionally taxing; sharing space with peers helps build relationships, reduce a sense of isolation, mitigate stress and build resilience.
  • Efficiency: Discussing plans with peers can help clarify objectives and streamline the preparation process, making it more efficient.
  • Accountability: Committing to specific tasks during a co-working session can help educators complete preparation effectively, knowing peers are there as a gentle form of accountability.

By integrating virtual co-working and body-doubling practices, early learning educators can enhance their daily productivity, foster a supportive community, and ultimately provide a richer, more engaging learning environment. This approach not only assists in daily task completion but also contributes to a more collaborative and innovative educational culture.

The Early Learning Co-Working Café offers educators the opportunity to develop relationships and a sense of belonging, enriching one other’s practice as co-learners together.

Check it out at earlylearningcafe.com/co-working-cafe