only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so
badly that they seek it while conditions
are still unfavorable.”
The purpose of this teacher’s guide is to provide a succinct and clear format of some of
the important instructional themes and teamwork ideas to the team training and development activities.
If we were to pull together some of the necessary
elements and mixtures of teamwork, they would consist of the following components: trust, cooperation, leadership, problem
solving, and a safe, nurturing environment. From these ingredients, giving a pinch of facilitation along with the experiential process of team effort, a strong and functioning “team” can be
One: Writing Exercise
Engage students in a creative
writing exercise, which requires them to look up the definition of the word, “teamwork”, and write an essay
to answer the following questions:
What is teamwork?
In teamwork, what is the role of the individual? group?
Have you seen teamwork in the real world?
In teamwork, who is the leader? the subordinate?
What experience have you had involving teamwork?
Lesson Two: Research Exercise
Using the computer, have students individually search
the internet for site about the phrases listed below:
On completion of research exercise, form students into cooperative groups.
Each group is responsible to share their observations and speculation with the class.
Follow-up: Teachers should prepare to provide students with travel, career, interest resource information.
the resource information mentioned above could take the form of either travel & vacation brochures, career & job opportunity
listings, and/or hobby & leisure activities information.
Three: Team Play
Now comes the fun part, but let this not blind you to the learning possibilities
which await. At this critical point in the exploration, often many teachers forget
to remove the gold out of the mine, or in other words, extract the learning
from the experience. Remember the “game” is the motivational ignition which jump-starts the learning.
Team Game: Hot-Sands Crossing
Hot Sands Crossing requires the students to move themselves from one side of the room to the other,
using a specific number of contact points with the ground.
Remember safety first. If it looks dangerous have them come up with another solution!
Motivate students with an adventurous scenario
as why they have to get the group across the room.
Have the group line up shoulder to shoulder
The goal is for the group to cross
a line about 15 yards away with an "x" (half the number of feet present) number of feet touching the ground
All group members must be connected, and cross
the line at the same time
Start with the group having all feet touching the ground,
and steadily increasing the number. Continue doing this until you get down to half the feet touching or 5-7 feet touching. Have fun
and milk the experience!
Below you’ll find
a few additional activities, movies and computer resources to support and supply you with enrichment activities and information,
which can be utilized as the need arises.
Suggested Team Movies
What follows are suggested “G”, “PG”
and “R” movies.
MPAA Rating: G
Star Trek II
MPAA Rating: PG-13
MPAA Rating: R
Band of the Hand
The movie list above is
best used as pre-lesson stimulus to a group discussions. This is just an idea.
your own judgment, you may have additional movies that are more appropriate to your students.
As a follow-up to lessons, activities and learning explorations,
below is a useful list of homework ideas:
Assign students to research the newspapers, web sites, periodicals, and magazines for articles about teamwork, and
put together a news portfolio.
Schedule a student trip to the hospital, fire, police department, or other real-life situation involving teamwork.
Write an article about the event.
Following the viewing of a movie depicting teamwork, have the students write a critique of what they saw.
Have the students write a story using a vocabulary list. Example: collaboration, morale, spirit, cohesive, leadership,
teamwork, cooperation, support, trust, communication, group, collective, service, stewardship.
Two of the greatest by-products of working
in teams is the learning, which is derived from personal, interpersonal relations and stewardship - the intrinsic willingness
to serve others. In the grand scheme of community building, a truly comprehensive and hands-on team development approach is
lacking a main ingredient if it does not include a service learning component. With that said, we suggest to give students
the leadership reins during your lessons. Engage learners in planning and implement a month-long service project of their
choice. And as a program prerequisite, when possible, students should be
responsible for all facets of their projects, including fund raising. Remember the programmatic outcome should be service
to the community.
is a short list of resources, which I hope will be helpful as you develop your lesson plans and/or curriculum.
and Cobras II, Karl Rohnke, ISBN 0-553-3506-7
of Healing: A Guide to Adventure-Based Counseling, Jim Schoel & Dick Prouty, ISBN 0-934-387000-1
Warriors, Elisa Carbone Knops, ISBN 0-375-80664-4
Outside, S.E. Hinton, ISBN 0-140-038572-X
The concepts of Leadership and Team Development can involve
an intimidating and vast ocean of information. Here below are some selected resource
materials which may make your journey easier.
- Teamwork Programs for Children and Youth, Howard Garner, ISBN 0-398-04655-7
- Helping Others
through Teamwork, Howard Garner, ISBN 3-0800-0230-01223
- Cooperative Learning,
Dr. Spencer Kegan, ISBN 0-4803-5434-7
To those of you who are standing at the crossroads of this initiative wondering what to do, and how to get started.
May I suggest that you start with yourself first. Look around your classroom and ask yourself, how are my students
seated? how do I call on them in class? have I taken every opportunity to grow them into teams?
Getting started is simple, it’s like walking, one step at a time, one action at a time, one idea at a
time, one lesson at a time, and one objective at a time. It's been said, most of us would get along very well if we used the
advise we give to others. If you act creatively , you should be okay. Listen to the needs of your students and follow
your heart .
Take action now... seek out the best in both yourself and your students. Open your doors and windows and
let in the fresh effective pedagogy of Team Development, Leadership Education, Emotional,
and Character Intelligence.
the long run, it will warm your classroom, empower your teaching and charge your students with daring learning adventures.
Good luck. Strive for teamwork, and milk the experience!
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