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Collaboration: Team Building Activities for Teachers

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Ellen Bagley

on 7 September 2014

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Transcript of Collaboration: Team Building Activities for Teachers

What is team building?
Team building refers to a wide range of activities, presented to businesses, schools, sports teams, religious or nonprofit organizations designed for improving team performance.

It helps a group of people work together more effectively for the common good in pursuit of a common goal.
Why is it important?
Team building is part of a psychological discipline. It inspires groups of workers to communicate through a series of planned events that are fun & motivational.
These events can be used to determine strong points in an individual’s personality, such as leadership skills.
This can benefit the individual by giving them greater job satisfaction & the opportunity to progress to their full potential.
Team building is also used as a method of training where each member of the team possesses a specific skill that may be taught to the rest of the group.
Ten Reasons for Team Building
1. Improving communication
2. Making the workplace more enjoyable
3. Motivating a team
4. Getting to know each other
5. Getting everyone "onto the same page" including goal setting
6. Teaching the team self-regulation strategies
7. Helping participants to learn more about themselves (strengths & weaknesses)
8. Identifying and utilizing the strengths of team members
9. Improving team productivity
10. Practicing effective collaboration with team members
How the activities strengthen a group
Gives team members opportunity to become better acquainted and more comfortable with each other.
Provides experiences for teamwork.
Allows all to work together on a low risk task and a low risk environment.

Selecting activities
Consider objectives and goals or what you want accomplished
getting better acquainted
strengthen trust
group cooperation
creative thinking/problem solving
energizing/motivating the group
improving communication
improve knowledge and understanding
obtain higher levels of performance
Mental vs. Physical activities
Mental:
require less space
can be accomplished easier with a large group
may be "less risky" than a physical activity
do not exclude anyone with physical challenges

Physical:
physical outlet for participants
can allow a change in venue (outdoors)
greater level of comfort between participants
fosters a greater level of support and interdependency
Example activities
Wallet/Purse
Each person takes an item out of their wallet or purse and tells the rest of the group how it represents them and why
Sentence Completion
each person will complete a sentence such as "if I had 2 more hours in the day I would..." or if I won the lottery I would..."
Links
http://www.voicecoachinglondon.co.uk/why-is-team-building-important.html

http://www.cta.org/~/media/Documents/PDFs/Good%20Teaching%20Conference%20South%20presentations/Team%20Building%20Strategies.pdf?dmc=1&ts=20140903T1810204422

http://www.jstor.org/stable/4165376?seq=2&Search=yes&searchText=with&searchText=building&searchText=issues&searchText=team&list=hide&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3Dissues%2Bwith%2Bteam%2Bbuilding%26amp%3Bacc%3Don%26amp%3Bwc%3Don%26amp%3Bfc%3Doff&prevSearch=&resultsServiceName=null
Collaboration: Team Building Activities for Teachers
By: Ellie and Sam
Example activities
Lifelines
Draw a long line to represent time for the past, present, and future.
Have the teachers write dates on the line to represent lows, highs, significant events, and turning points in life.

Team building occurs over time and is a growing experience. A team, no matter the profession, will take time to learn the strengths and weaknesses of each member of the group. Over time the team will develop to producing results at higher levels of performance.
Bingo Game
Take a Tour
Name Game
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