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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking
10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking by TeachThought Staff One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the ‘real world.’ Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters. Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. 10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking You can purchase a classroom-ready version of team-building games that promote critical thinking here. 1. This team-building game is flexible. Then, give them something to construct. Skills: Communication; problem-solving 2. Let their creativity work here. Skills: Problem-solving, creative collaboration

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21st Century Skills: Museums, Libraries The IMLS Project Team and Task Force considered the list of skills commonly referred to as "21st Century Skills" and modified it slightly to better align with library and museum priorities.1 The resulting list includes the following additions: Basic Literacy, Scientific & Numerical Literacy, Visual Literacy, Cross-Disciplinary Skills, and Environmental Literacy. Not every skill on this list will be aligned with every institution’s vision and mission. Further, not every community will prioritize the same skills.

6 unusual team-building activities Depending on how you feel about group trips to Dave & Buster's or catching Cheryl from accounting as she falls backward from a raised platform into your not-so-loving embrace, office team-building exercises can be either an unpleasant exercise in forced bonding or a fun, morale-boosting excuse to decamp from your cubicle and get to know your co-workers better. Memorable and much appreciated or an introvert’s worst nightmare, team-building events really swing both ways. Sure, you may be familiar with — and perhaps have been subjected to firsthand — team-building standards such as field trips to ropes courses, scavenger hunts, cooking classes and lunchtime icebreaker games. But have you ever donned a sumo fat suit, pretended to be a zombie, driven through an obstacle course while blindfolded or used your body in a percussive manner all for the sake of building trust with and getting to know your co-workers?

(2) New Messages! Time and time again, we talk about how organizational culture is one of the top factors tied to employee happiness. And peers? They’re the number one thing people love about their job, all according to our research. So in the company’s best interest, you should do your best to build bridges within the team, department, and organization. Team-building can range from quick in-office activities to complex half-day courses run by "game engineers" at innovative companies like The Go Game. The important thing is to make time and space for coworkers to bond. “Calling BS”: Watch Lectures for the College Course Designed to Combat the Bullshit in our Information Age This past January, we highlighted a syllabus for a tentative course called "Calling Bullshit," designed by two professors at the University of Washington, Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West. The course--also sometimes called "Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data"--ended up being offered this spring. And now you can see how it unfolded in the classroom. The 10 video lectures from the class are available online.

Kinetic Sand Recipe By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated October 30, 2016. Kinetic sand is a sand that sticks to itself, so you can form clumps and mold it with your hands. It's also easy to clean up because it sticks to itself. Kinetic sand is an example of a dilatant or non-Newtonian fluid that increases its viscosity under stress. You may be familiar with another non-Newtonian fluid, oobleck. 5 Fun Small Group Team Building Ideas When many employees hear the word “team building,” they immediately flinch and think back on years of incredibly awkward icebreakers in school. But small group team building offers the opportunity to maximize your team’s performance and make work-life better. Team programs teach your employees to empathize with each other and build trust. Of course, it helps to have the right team building for small groups.

Common Core in Action: 10 Visual Literacy Strategies Do you wish your students could better understand and critique the images that saturate their waking life? That's the purpose of visual literacy (VL), to explicitly teach a collection of competencies that will help students think through, think about and think with pictures. Standards Support Visual Literacy Instruction Visual literacy is a staple of 21st century skills, which state that learners must "demonstrate the ability to interpret, recognize, appreciate and understand information presented through visible actions, objects and symbols, natural or man-made." Putting aside the imperative to teach students how to create meaningful images, the ability to read images is reflected in the following standards. Common Core State Standards (CCSS) CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7: "Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos or maps) with other information in print and digital texts."

5 Powerful Cyberbullying Videos For Discussing With Kids Talking about cyberbullying with kids is something parents and teachers will all do at some point. It’s a sad fact of digital life. This is true if your own kids or students are experiencing it or not. The fact is it’s happening, and something must be done. The Basics of Teamwork and Collaboration Today, fostering collaboration is a hot topic in business. Some businesses are looking for answers on how you implement, teach the soft skills, and build a collaborative environment. Others are looking for ways to improve their technology game in order to make collaboration easier. According to technology experts around the web, some current trends in technologically-driven collaboration include using the Internet of Things (IoT), software as a service (SaaS), and your own devices. In this section, our experts will share some of their experiences developing collaborative teams and give tips on the best ways to get your team to collaborate and communicate well. For team collaboration, I recommend the following for managers:

Teaching Information Literacy Now Last week, a new study from Stanford University revealed that many students are inept at discerning fact from opinion when reading articles online. The report, combined with the spike in fake and misleading news during the 2016 election, has school librarians, including me, rethinking how we teach evaluation of online sources to our students. How can we educate our students to evaluate the information they find online when so many adults are sharing inaccurate articles on social media? While social media isn’t the only reason for the surge in fake news over the last 10 years, it’s certainly making it harder for information consumers of every age to sort through fact and fiction. Toolkit Home Welcome to the Contextual Safeguarding Implementation Toolkit. This toolkit tracks and publishes the developments in Hackney’s Contextual Safeguarding system since 2017. The toolkit shares emerging learning, resources and tips with areas that are developing their own Contextual Safeguarding systems. Over time, this Contextual Safeguarding Implementation Toolkit will provide professionals with a roadmap for embedding Contextual Safeguarding in:

26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Discussion In The Classroom 26 Sentence Stems For Higher-Level Conversation In The Classroom by Terry Heick Note: You can purchase a similar, classroom-ready version of these stems on printable cards, if you find that useful. Meaningful conversation can make learning more personal, immediate, and emotional. During meaningful conversations, students are forced to be accountable for their positions, to listen, to analyze opposing perspectives, and to adapt their thinking on the fly. There are many popular strategies for these kinds of conversations, each with slightly unique rules and applications. Lexi Rose, Just all about life: Direct Work- Feelings Rainbow, Getting childr... Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash One of my passions within social work practice, is that of direct work with children. Direct work takes on many forms, and can be used in so many ways, something I will cover at a later date however for now, I wish to share one of the tools I use to understand children's feelings. My background to date includes six years of working with Looked After Children (LAC) in the UK and everything that comes with it. What I love most about this role, is the long term relationships you can build with children and young people. The difference you can make, being able to see them grow and building a strong, trusting relationship with them.