Activity 1 – Alphabet Search

 Form groups of ten  One team member lists the letters of the alphabet down the left side of a sheet of paper.  All members contribute tangible items to represent each letter.  Use one different object per letter.  An object may only be used once.  All objects must be placed in the middle of the table.

Activity 2 – Helium Stick
 Form groups of ten.

 Form two rows facing each other.  Lower the helium stick with your index fingers only.  The first team to lower the stick to the ground is the winner.

Activity 3 – River Crossing
A group of persons, consisting of a father and his two sons, a mother and her two daughters, a policeman and a thief need to cross the river. Your job is to move everyone from one river bank to another using the raft provided and following the rules given below. You are allowed repeated attempts until successful within the time allotted. You are judged on the total time taken. 1. The raft can carry a maximum of 2 persons at a time. 2. Only the Father, the Mother and the Policeman know how to operate the raft. (i.e. one of them must be on the raft at all times) 3. The Father cannot stay with any of the daughters without their Mother’s presence. 4. The Mother cannot stay with any of the sons without the Father’s presence. 5. The thief cannot stay with any family member if the Policeman is not there.


What is meant by ……  team  teamwork  team building .

that enjoy working together to produce high quality results .A team is an energetic group of diverse individuals committed to achieving common objectives.

project group  Staff teams Identify : TEAMS IN SCHOOL CULTURE .g.g. a training team  Teams formed for a specific task e. panel  Teams as an element of the administrative structure  Teams operating in a particular work area on a particular level e.g. Teams of subject teachers e.

Some teams will not change in their composition during their lifetime – disbanded after purpose achieved Other teams are more fluid – team unit exists for a long time.g. according to term office) – needs ongoing teambuilding . members change (e.

.Teamwork Work which you do with other people to achieve a common objective.

 Involves participation.Teambuilding  The process of molding diverse individuals into a team. collaboration and nurturing the team spirit among team members  Often unrelated to the work of the group .

external facilitator  Provides a good chance to find out more about yourself as an individual and other members of the team . Can also be supported and managed by specific teambuilding exercises .

Team membership . curiosity . Have well-defined goals 3. Team leader – vision.technical and theoretical skills 4. trust.Building Effective Teams 1. integrity. Recruitment or selection of team members 2. passion.

Types of leaders Source of power Method of communication Autocrat Herself / Orders and Himself directives Authoritarian Position Order and directives Bureaucrat Existing system Explains (how and rules to carry out rules) Laissez-faire No one None Democrat Participative Majority Collective Discuss Joint .

Consider outside influence 8. Team climate – work environment 6. Review – tasks and relationship . decision-making. Work process – Communication.5. goal-setting 7.

Continuous training in group dynamics. conflict management. goal setting and listening skills. resolution.9. communication skills. .

DIFFERENT STAGES IN TEAM DEVELOPMENT  The Underdeveloped Team o o o o (Forming) Cautious No shared understanding Stick to established norm No one challenges the ‘status quo’ .

o Weaknesses covered up o o o o o Poor listening Unclear objectives Low improvement Bureaucracy Leader makes most decisions .

Action to support team development Develop relationships by introductory and teambuilding exercises o Be open with team members about the group and about the task o .

o Consider team strengths and weaknesses in order to build a balance team o Value all members of the team for the part they can play .

o Encourage sharing of concerns without fear of criticism o Try to make team activities enjoyable .

 The Experimenting Team (Storming) o o o o o o o Begin to feel more united More confident Begins to take risks Wider options considered Personal feelings raised Increased listening Team working reviewed .

Action to support team development o Encourage continued openness o Allow conflicts to surface and deal with them positively o Work on specific relationships between individuals where there are problems .

Encourage teams to seek collective approach to problem solving o Encourage self-evaluation by team of ways of work and results – this leads to more creative experimentation in working strategies o .

 The Consolidating Team (Norming) o Methodical working o High degree of trust between members o Agreed procedures o Establish ground rules o Meetings effective o Problem-solving techniques the norm .

Action to support team development o Improve problem solving skills further o Develop decision-making strategies o Ongoing evaluation of team performance and planning of improvements o Celebrate team successes .

 The Mature Team ( Performing) o Confident and competent o Collective attitude .Less dependent on leader o Appropriate leadership o Maximum use of energy o Principles considered .

o Needs of individuals met o Development a priority o New members integrated .

Action to support team development o Experiment with style of group leadership ( change leadership according to nature of task?) o Encourage further informal communication between group members o Clarify further values base of team o Examination of team by other parts of organization o Build relationships / co operation with other teams .

Characteristics of a good team  Common vision  Clear objectives  High level of interdependence among members  Communication  Specific roles of each member  Energy and enthusiasm .

acceptance and support among members . Relaxed climate for communication  Leaders has good people skill and is committed  Appropriate effective decision making  Trust.

 Members feel significant and are motivated  Prepared to take risks  Members know how to examine errors without personal attacks .

Why am I talking about teamwork in schools? • Making schools successful takes more than just individuals – it take teamwork • Teamwork in schools focus on meeting the academic and social needs of all the students in school • Working together is a more effective way to accomplish important tasks .

Teams tend to be better at solving problems  Teams have higher level of commitment  Teams include more people who can help to implement an idea or plan  Teams generate energy and interest in new projects .

. team building.Just as the school vision and mission focus on student learning. team planning and team development forms an integral role at improving students’ outcomes.

Reflection • Do you have an effective team? • What are the strengths and weaknesses of your team? • At which stage of development is your team? • As leaders. what are your contributions to the team? . which type of leadership are you? • As members.

Coming together is a beginning Keeping together is progress Working together is success .Henry Ford .

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