Forces of Character: A conversation with Gregg Popovich. Effective Teams: The Key to Transforming Schools? This fall I've been thinking a lot about what makes a good team in a school context.
I'll share some of these thoughts, but I really want to hear your ideas on this subject. I'm going to admit that it's taken me a while to feel convinced by the power of teams. Until recently, I didn't have great experiences in teams. I felt that alone I could produce whatever needed to be created better, and quicker, than working with others. I often felt frustrated working in teams -- the process felt so slow and cumbersome. Teamwork Rubric. The Science of Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect. “Without the sense of fellowship with men of like mind,” Einstein wrote, “life would have seemed to me empty.”
It is perhaps unsurprising that the iconic physicist, celebrated as “the quintessential modern genius,” intuited something fundamental about the inner workings of the human mind and soul long before science itself had attempted to concretize it with empirical evidence. Now, it has: In Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect (public library), neuroscientist Matthew D. Lieberman, director of UCLA’s Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab, sets out to “get clear about ‘who we are’ as social creatures and to reveal how a more accurate understanding of our social nature can improve our lives and our society. The research my wife and I have done over the past decade shows that this response, far from being an accident, is actually profoundly important to our survival. The Dunderheads (Age 7+) Older kids will love this story about how a motley group of students pool their unique talents to finally overcome their domineering, evil teacher.
The aptly-named Miss Breakbone is not someone to tangle with, and she has "no eye for talent," and gives herself a gold star every time she makes a student cry. Of course, each of her students, whom she has labeled as "dunderheads" has a talent, of sorts: Einstein is the brain, Pencil can draw from memory, Clips builds amazing things with paper clips, and so on. Together they are more than a match for Miss Breakbone's evil maneuverings. Not only is the story rewarding, in that the innocent underdogs conquer the bully, but the writing is also entertaining and the artwork is packed with intriguing detail that will capture any reader's interest.
Drama (Age 10+) How stories can transform a classroom. When students conduct StoryCorps interviews, teachers say it can “reorganize the ions of a class.”
Photo: David Andrako, courtesy of StoryCorps Caitlyn, a quiet seventh grader, was bullied by the other kids in her class at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California. She wore the same cowboy boots every day. E-TEAM. Then they get to work — gathering crucial evidence to determine if further investigation is warranted and, if so, to investigate, document, and capture the world's attention.
They also immediately challenge the responsible decision makers, holding them accountable. Human rights abuses thrive on secrecy and silence, and the work of the E-Team, backed by their international human rights organization, has shone light in dark places and given voice to thousands whose stories would never otherwise have been told. Using a cinema verite approach, our camera follows the E-Team investigators in the field as they piece together the actual events that take place in troubled spots around the globe. Together we smuggle across the border into Syria to conduct undercover investigations as the civil war rages; amidst bullets and bombs we watch as Fred and Peter work to halt human rights abuses in the aftermath of the Gaddafi regime.
Chasing Ice. Most Valuable Players. Across the USA, high school sports are regularly lavished with funding, publicity and scholarships, while theater departments struggle to put on the school musical hoping for some recognition of their own.
Helping to settle the score are the "Freddy Awards," a live television event that celebrates excellence in high school musical theater. Illustrating that arts education encourages the same teamwork, camaraderie and confidence as sports, Most Valuable Players follows three theater troupes on their creative journeys to the elaborate award ceremony — the "Super Bowl" of high school musical theater. Official Selection, Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club. Particle Fever. Pixie Hollow Games (Age 4+) Brooklyn Castle (Age 8+) The Big Brain Theory (Age 10+) Undefeated (Age 11+) Mural.ly (Age 7+) Habitat for Humanity (Age 8+) Padlet (Age 13+) Teen Ink (Age 13+) DoSomething.org (Age 16+) Games That Promote Teamwork.
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