10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking 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 1. This team-building game is flexible. You can recycle this activity throughout the year by adapting the challenge or materials to specific content areas. Skills: Communication; problem-solving 2. This activity can get messy and may be suitable for older children who can follow safety guidelines when working with raw eggs. Skills: Problem-solving, creative collaboration 3.
How to Foster Collaboration and Team Spirit By Thom Markham Once they get to the working world, most students, in almost any job, will collaborate as a member of a team. And every student needs to be prepared for that environment — partly for employment opportunity, but mainly because the deeply embedded mental model of learning and creating as an individual process is obsolete. Collaboration has become the chief way in which things are done. Powerful collaboration is driven by incisive communication—and out of that process come the very best expressions of innovation, creativity, and critical inquiry. But collaboration doesn’t necessarily come naturally to students. Second, import and adapt the high-performance principles common in the work world to teams in the classroom. Examine individual strengths within collaborative context. Thom Markham is a psychologist, school redesign consultant, and the author of the Project Based Learning Design and Coaching Guide: Expert tools for inquiry and innovation for K-12 educators.
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Wondering What 'Privilege' Is? This Video Has Some Answers For You Getting to Know Your Students This Teamwork Skills Checklist Assesses High School Students Work Readiness written by: Anne Vize • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 9/11/2012 This handy checklist will help your students do a self-assessment of their ability to work in a team, a personal growth area that is an important aspect of work readiness. It can be used independently or as part of a career readiness unit for high school students. What is a Team? 15 Fun Team Building Exercises That Breed Cooperative Excellence The word TEAM has literally transpired into a buzz word in the corporate world. There are countless books and articles written about the importance of teams while each year, management consultants, scholars and researchers continue presenting theories and research that debate over various aspects of team building. But the million dollar question is; What is a TEAM and why does the world of business accentuate so much upon it? When individuals with similar interests, attitudes, and tastes come together to work towards a common objective, a team is formed! If there is no common goal there is no team. A team cannot do well or achieve more than the individual unless and until each and every member is focused and understands his or her responsibilities. Every individual must feel motivated to perform at his or her best. Team Building Team building refers to various activities undertaken to motivate team members and increase overall performance of the team. 15 Team Buiding Exercises
Build a Boat (and a classroom culture) | Chemical Education Xchange The start of a new school year is fast approaching and as we begin to plan for our first days back with students I thought I’d share one of my favorite first day activities. One of the most important components to a successful modeling classroom is the classroom culture. Modeling teachers need to build the kind of classroom environment where students respect the process of investigation and understand that the process of science learning is as important as arriving at correct answers. That’s right, we build boats. Here’s how the activity breaks down: First, students are arranged in their whiteboarding groups, I usually try to put four students to a group, but three also works well. What do my students take away from this activity? Finally, the kids have fun. “How many of you built the best boat you could have today?” No one raises a hand. “After watching your classmates, and observing the best parts of their designs, how many of you could build a better boat now?” Everyone raises a hand.
The Learning Revolution: It’s Not About Education | Innovation Insights Image: Tony Crider/Flickr The education system is changing. Established teaching methodologies are reaching their limits in most developed countries. New requirements are needed. In the search for solutions, technology is playing an increasingly prominent role — allowing for new approaches such as the “inverted classroom,” Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) and “mobile learning”. We keep hearing of an “education revolution” — one in which technology will bring upon a radical transformation in schools and universities. There are certainly great hopes for a change to the better but recent news are somewhat discouraging. Education Will Change With the Way We Learn Real changes and disruptions usually come “from below”: through the individual decisions of the many rather than through sweeping decrees from the government. The good news is that there is indeed a revolution going on. Learning tools like Babbel are directly tailored to the user; there are no institutions in between.
Team Building Activities for Adults | All About Team Building corporate retreats What is Different About Team Building for Adults? Team Building activities for adults differs from other forms of team building activities due to the types of characters that you will encounter. Team building activities for kids should aim to develop a sense of working together. Team building for teens, secondary school and elementary school children is a lot of fun. Adults are a completely different ball game. When Should Team Building be used with Adults? Team building activities for adults are used to address specific problems. For conveying and sharing a common vision across teamsDirection settingShared understandingBuilding relationships across technical specialists in different teamsWhen external influences affect team motivation, such as a drop in sales, increased competition or customer problems. Ideas for Team Building Activities for Adults Egg Toss How far can you throw a raw egg to a partner who successfully catches it? Obstacle courses Crate Stacking Orienteering
Three Brain Teasers to Spur Logical Thinking and Collaboration | MindShift | KQED News There are lots of ways to stretch student thinking and get them talking to each other about ideas. One fun way is through riddles that require inductive reasoning, critical thinking and hopefully some good collaboration around student ideas. The three brain teasers below created by TED-Ed have fun visuals and include an explanation at the end. All the videos also include lesson plan ideas to deepen the conversation and start discussion. In this first video about prisoners’ hats the problem set-up ends at 1:35, so stop the video there if you want kids to work on the problem before learning how to solve it. In this zombie bridge problem the set-up ends at 2:00. The riddle of the 100 green-eyed logicians ends at 1:53. Subscribe in iTunes Don’t miss an episode of Stories Teachers Share. Also available via RSS. Katrina Schwartz Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco.