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Effective Team Work & Collaboration

Collaborative Skills Class norms represent the behavior expectations that support the core concepts of trust, sharing, belonging and respect. Collaborative skills are the specific ways in which students are expected to behave in order to achieve class norms. After norms have been developed, collaborative skills are assessed, prioritized and taught. Collaborative skills that we have identified as promoting the core concepts and supporting class norms are listed below. Students can be involved in identifying and prioritizing collaborative skills by, for example, discussing and listing behaviors which support the norms, or byworking jointly with the teacher to select skills from the list.Selecting a collaborative skill to teach is really just a matter of choosing a place to begin. The instructional team should set aside a 20-30 minute block of instructional time each week for initial instruction on collaborative skills.

Three Steps to a High-Performance Culture - Carolyn Dewar and Scott Keller by Carolyn Dewar and Scott Keller | 10:52 AM January 26, 2012 Senior executives tend to think about corporate culture as a topic that’s hard to measure and hard to change. As a result, many choose not to invest in it despite all the evidence that, when skillfully managed, culture can be a powerful and enduring source of competitive advantage. ANZ Bank offers an example: a decade ago, the bank embarked on an effort described as a “unique plan of eschewing traditional growth strategies and recasting the culture of the bank to lift efficiency and earnings.” What does it take to get results like these? Step 1: Establish a common understanding of culture and metrics for it. Step 2: Focus on the few changes that matter most. Step 3: Integrate culture change efforts with business improvement initiatives.

Skills in Collaboration and Teamwork Create a positive atmosphere in which people work together collaboratively “A new science is about to be born—the new marketing—in which we learn that the brand of an organization is not its external reputation or advertising, but the relationships it nurtures and enjoys inside.” -Lance Secretan, Inspire! What Great leaders Do People in organizations are highly interdependent. Most of what we accomplish is through working with others. The new workplace—with its virtual teams, diversity, multiple generations, web of technological and organizational complexity, complicated structures, and rapidly changing internal and external environments—requires the ability of people to communicate and collaborate as never before. Skills for High Performance Teamwork was created to help people achieve new levels of collaboration, communication and teamwork. Discover the Benefits of Collaboration Participants Will Learn: Format Target Audience Audience: Teams throughout the organizationAll employees Delivery:

Teamwork & Collaboration Skills The ability to work effectively with others on a common task; taking actions which respect the needs and contributions of others; contributing to and accepting the consensus; negotiating a win-win solution to achieve the objectives of the team Do I Have These Skills? You'll need to be able to prove to employers that you actually have the skills they want for the job. In applications and interviews they will ask 'competency questions' that begin with phrases such as 'tell me a time when ............. ' or 'give me an example of .............. ' Your answers are the evidence that you have what it takes. To find out how well developed your skills are already you could try this simple exercise: Rate yourself on each of the behaviours: 1 = I do this very well. Revisit this exercise several times through your years of study - you'll want to have as many skills as possible at 1 and 2 before you apply for graduate jobs.

Assignments - Rubric Cover Sheets How To Instructions Below you will find links to and descriptions of all the assignments we use for Choose Your Own Adventure. Click on the individual assignment links to get the full instructions and printable worksheets. The assignments are divided into three categories based on what skills you will use to complete them. History assignments for just about any topic! 5 Point Assignments20-30 Minutes to complete 10 Point Assignments45 minutes to complete 20 Point Assignments90 minutes to complete40 Point AssignmentsAll 40 point assignments require significant work outside of class and take up to 4 hours to complete.

Skills for collaboration Deb Lavoy has an interesting piece on the skils required of collaboration in CMS Wire. Enterprise Collaboration Requires Critical New Skills The way we currently think of working was formed by a command and control, industrial age of process, manufacturing and efficiencies of scale. She goes through various levels of collaboration and describes the key skill(s) involved. It's interesting to read how Deb builds these skills upon each other. [Photo: "Ears" by Daniel Montesinos] Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; and then 3) learning results are assessed. These assessments offer data to inform the revision of further planned instruction. Rinse and repeat. But lost in this clinical sequence are the Habits of Mind that (often predictably) lead to success or failure in the mastery of given standards. Below are all 16 Habits of Mind, each with a tip, strategy or resource to understand and begin implementation in your classroom. The habits themselves aren't new at all, and significant work has already been done in the areas of these "thinking habits." And a renewed urgency for their integration. The Habits of Mind by Art Costa and Bena Kallick don't simply represent fragments of practice to "add on" to what you already do, but rather new ways to think about how people learn. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Collaboration Skills Mastering collaboration skills requires the ability to: Work effectively with diverse teams Be helpful and make necessary compromises to accomplish a common goal More information on collaboration skills is listed below: 1. Main Page - Meta Collab A wiki on collaboration that discusses "wikiversity" and other collaboration efforts 2. Article on collaboration tips 3. A blog about using wiki for collaboration - case studies, scenarios, advice, and resources for the non-technical user. 4. Resources on collaboration 5. Website from the collaborative technologies conference with links to additional resources. 6. Website of Project GLOBE, an online student collaborative project.

Tomlinson - Differentiation Central letsgetengaged - home Imagine Learning: Students with Disabilities Five Key Components of Reading No more roadblocks to reading. Students with disabilities often struggle to acquire basic reading skills. Research indicates that these students benefit from instruction that is explicit and sequenced, ensuring that key prerequisite skills are met before more complex tasks are required. Explicit instruction in phonological awareness phonics fluency vocabulary comprehension Vocabulary Development A better way to learn the lingo. Vocabulary knowledge directly influences comprehension, so students with disabilities who struggle with comprehension need all the extra vocabulary instruction they can get. Contextualized instruction in basic vocabulary academic vocabulary content-specific vocabulary Listening Comprehension Help students develop an ear for understanding. Many students with disabilities experience difficulty in processing language. Students learn through selective listening verbal and non-verbal cues specific words and phrases A real conversation starter.

Tools for defining the creative problem Creative tools > Tools for defining the problem Defining the problem is the first step of solving a creative problem. This is a very important stage, as changing the problem definition will change the solution. These tools help you to look at the problem in different ways and hence consider alternatives for the problem definition. Breakdown: Decomposing to find the area of optimal focus.