Back in December, fifth grade students worked with Kindergarten students to design and construct gingerbread houses. The classes joined forces for this fun engineering project and the collaborative effort was enjoyed by all.
Collaborative learning has been shown to not only develop higher-level thinking skills in students, but boost their confidence and self-esteem as well.
Plus, collaborative learning has been shown to:
- Enhance problem solving skills
- Inspire critical thinking
- Improve social interactions
- Support diversity
- Aid in the development of self-management skills
- Improve and develop oral communication skills
- Foster the development of interpersonal relationships
Clearly the students were building gingerbread houses. . . and so much more!