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Productive Teamwork

Collaboration and teamwork are lifelong skills that students need to be taught from a very young age. One way to promote productive teamwork is having students create team agreements at the start of every project. Agreements include skills such as team goals, individual’s strengths and intended contributions, ongoing meeting and communicating plans, decision-making processes, and project timelines.
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Productive Teamwork
  • edutopia.org
    edutopia.org

    Focus on Collaboration to Kick Off New School Year

    6 minute read
    Amanda Helt says:
    What better way to kick off the school year than with The Marshmallow Challenge? This is such a great collaboration activity for any age because it forces students to work as a team whether they want to or not! Before you try this activity, though, be sure to lay the groundwork for teamwork and create a set of norms. There are also some great tips on how to create a collaborative environment, as well as a rubric for group projects.
  • whatedsaid.wordpress.com
    whatedsaid.wordpress.com

    10 tips for creating a class agreement...

    4 minute read
    Amanda Helt says:
    Not only is this a list of what to do when creating a class agreement, but it also provides a list of what NOT to do, which is very beneficial. Often, when we think of a group agreement, we think of a list of rules, but in the case of collaborative teamwork you want to do just the opposite. This list provides great examples of how to create a working agreement that you re-visit several times throughout the year.
  • Amanda Helt says:
    This is a great video to show how to implement group contracts in the classroom. This particular video is geared towards high school but can be easily adjusted to fit the needs of K-8. The candid comments by students in this video really show the buy in and respect that group contracts can create.
  • Amanda Helt says:
    We all know the benefits of collaborative learning yet we often shy away from it because so many things can go wrong. This book focuses on all of the skills needed to be a leader including social skills, positive interactions, and much more!
  • Amanda Helt says:
    This website includes the aspects of creating student groups that we often overlook. This would be great to use before planning a group project because it outlines all the steps that need to be taken before the project even starts. Be sure to check out the "Learning Outcomes" section to brush up on why setting measurable goals and learning outcomes are so important!
  • Amanda Helt says:
    These ready to go lesson plans and activities will allow your students to have a blast while practicing teamwork. These activities would be great to use at the beginning of a group project or even as a weekly warm up in a classroom meeting. You will especially love the skits and plays that students can act out to portray positive behavior and teamwork.
  • Amanda Helt says:
    Oracle has created a fantastic all-in-one guide to creating successful teams in your classroom. Included in this resource are activities that will get you from getting to know your team members to creating and signing your team agreement.
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