Collaborative Haunted House

Collaborative learning is a teaching style that has evolved over the last thirty years and is still evolving.

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There are three primary aims that encompass the collaborative process.

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First, by working together, learners are empowered, as they collaborate with every other learner in the class in a playful, but purposeful way.

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Second, collaborative projects communicate increasingly complex ideas by presenting them in concrete, visual and tactile ways.

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They do this by removing abstract thinking out of heads and giving it a physical presence. Third, collaborative projects encourage exploratory talk in the classroom.

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There is increasing evidence that new meanings are developed by the combination of thinking and communicating with others.

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There is also evidence that talk has been neglected in our classrooms and this has widened the gap in attainment.

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For this activity, we collaborated to construct a haunted house!

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Using boxes and black paint, we all created the building blocks, and then, worked together to make our structure come alive!

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