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TEAM WORKER Learning Mat

Reflecting on my team worker skills Really good because ... Strategies for team work
Below are some of the skills you need to be Have you Active Listening: listen carefully and effectively by
Im setting off thought about? Looking at the person speaking
an effective team worker. Traffic light each Even better if...
of the skills in turn so you are aware of Im on my way Asking questions
which you need to develop further. You can Not interrupting
do this at any point during your focus on Im getting nearer
this important skill to see how you are Mini-presentation: the group decides how best to
Ive arrived! Next time you could
progressing... present information e.g. diagram, flow-chart, piece
Collaborate with others to work towards common goals of music, piece of writing. All members of the group
(TW1) contribute.

Reach agreements, managing discussions to achieve What I liked about Thought Shower: all members of the group call out
results (TW2) it is... words/ideas relating to the topic. All ideas are
recorded before being grouped, ordered or
Adapt behaviour to suit different roles and situations, evaluated.
including leadership roles (TW3)
Envoying: Following a discussion, each group
Show fairness and consideration to others (TW4) sends an envoy to share ideas or information. The
In order to
Three stars... envoy may be selected by the teacher or chosen by
improve you could the group.
Take responsibility, showing confidence in yourself and
your contribution (TW5) And a wish...
Thinking Frames to encourage team talk
Provide constructive support and feedback to others (TW6)
All the plus/positive points in
Useful vocabulary for team talk PNI the P section
Reflective Hat: monitoring, planning, All the minus/negative points
organising thinking. These are useful words as a focus when you are working P N in the N section
as part of a team. Some of the words describe behaviours
All interesting points in the
needed to work successfully as part of a team. Other
Cautious Hat: judgement and caution, I section
words will help you to discuss your ideas when working as
Thinking Hats

seeing errors, risks, difficulties and problems part of a team. I Priority Grid
Intuitive Hat: intuition and emotion, gut Dialogue Reason High payoff
reactions and feelings
Thinking together Relevant

Easy to do

Hard to do
Diamond Nine
Informative Hat: facts, figures and
information, being impartial Discussion Justify Nine statements or ideas/
Opinion pieces of information
Constructive Hat: positive, constructive and
Suggestion Must be ranked in order
logical, sees the benefits Alternatives Respect of importance/relevance
Low payoff
Creative Hat: creativity and alternatives, Oppose Support
looks for solutions and new ideas Helps to prioritise tasks
Agreement Argument Allows consideration of
Use the Hats to debrief a challenge and in problem solving how tasks need to be
Sharing Information approached
Depending on what you are doing, members of a team can
choose to wear the same Hat or put on different Hats Evaluate Summarise