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.
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opportunity, but mainly because the deeply embedded mental model of learning and creating as an individual process is obsolete.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.
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Build a Boat (and a classroom culture) 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. 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.
Three Brain Teasers to Spur Logical Thinking and Collaboration 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.
The Learning Revolution: It’s Not About Education 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. Team Building Activities for Adults 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.
Fan-N-Pick So how does Fan-N-Pick work? Its actually very simple. You need to start with a set of cards for each group of four students. These cards can be teacher created directly related to content (such as a review activity or questions related to a text or reading) or more general cards such as discussion questions, get-to-know you questions, or higher level thinking questions that can fit multiple content areas. You can also purchase sets of cards through the Kagan website. The “All-Time” Best Online Learning Games I’ve been posting annual lists of the The Best Online Learning Games for a number of years. I thought it would be useful for readers, my students, and me to review them all and identify my choices for the “all-time” best ones. I’ve begun creating a number of these “All-Time” Best list, with The “All-Time” Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly being the first ; The “All-Time” Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education second; and The “All-Time” Best Videos For Educators third. Look for quite a few more “All-Time” Best lists over the next couple of months. There are over 1,200 Best lists now that are categorized and updated regularly. You can see them all here.