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I'm lucky, I teach theatre in magnet school for the performing arts and collaboration, communication and problem solving are just what we do! You don't put on a show - even an introductory level class production - without working in diverse groups, thinking fast, and being both a teacher and a learner. Kids learn who they are, what they can do, and a lot more about their classmates and teacher than in the regular classroom.
Our schools are purposely located in very difficult neighborhoods to prove that inspired kids, using technology, mentoring one another, working on world issues and then working in the community garden to learn about their and the world's health is the balance that we all need. The schools are k-12 and centered in collaborative environments--sometimes the kindergarten even teaches the high school students. www.starshineacademy.org
My students have been collaborating for thirty years? Do you really think this is a new idea? Get out from in front of your computers and go into real classrooms!
A lot of what is now called "collaborative learning" used to be called cheating. I guess with 64% of students admitting to cheating, we may as well rename it collaborative learning.