Team Building Activities – Using Your Observations

Prior to taking your observations back to the classroom, it is important to have a sense as to what the data is that you are assessing. Likely you will have a numbering system for the order students became leaders as well as short but important notes about most or all of your students. First, we will organize the leader order data using a chart and, … Continue reading Team Building Activities – Using Your Observations

The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Planning

The planning of a quality lesson should include thinking through the components to be discussed and picking an activity. No more than 20 minutes should be used to plan an activity. Once done, you should be able to use a successful lesson plan for many years!  The first step is to pick a skill that you wish to isolate. We will isolate leadership, as it … Continue reading The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Planning

The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Styles

Yes, the way in which you lead a team building activity will make or break the outcomes. So, let’s look at three facilitation styles: Passive, Instructor, and Active. After examining all three, we will focus on the ‘Active Facilitator’ and combine it with the four goals and purposes to create a complete picture of the facilitation.  The Passive Facilitator The passive facilitator will express the … Continue reading The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Styles

Take Two Days to Plan Your School’s Next Four Years

Two day for four year of plans. Decent value right? If you need to have a road-map for your school that lasts well into the future and is grounded in a hard self-study, just give yourself two days. School leaders, you all know how hard it is to find two days, but the value of having an extended road-map and deliverables established is so critical. … Continue reading Take Two Days to Plan Your School’s Next Four Years

The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Goals

There are four different facilitation purposes, which I’ve designed to quickly guide you through the pre-planning experience. The four parts are: The Stated goal, The Stated Purpose, The Unstated Goal, and finally, the Unstated Purpose. Their power is to divide what is actually happening from the outcomes you wish to see. Keep these four concepts in mind as you setup your next team building event. … Continue reading The Basic Components of Team Building – Facilitation Goals

The Basic Components of Team Building – Debriefing

This is the most important component to a quality team building session, because this is where all your hard work will bear its fruit. During the debriefing students will discuss and reflect on the events of the activity and connect what is learned during the team building game to their classroom, home and personal experience. There are a few important ways to debrief that will … Continue reading The Basic Components of Team Building – Debriefing

Basic Components to Team Building – Framing

Framing an activity is to give a team building game a fictional plot. The frame has different functions including adding excitement and helping to keep participants within the given rules. We will learn more about that soon, but first let’s take this game example without a frame, then give it a frame to see the difference.  “You have laid down a starting line with a … Continue reading Basic Components to Team Building – Framing