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Why Encourage Team Building in the Elementary Classroom?

Why should we encourage Teamwork in the Elementary Classroom? 

Why Encourage Team Building in the Elementary Classroom? This post tells some benefits of Team Building activities in the classroom and some ideas

I've encouraged children to work as a team in my classroom for many years. Although they're not necessarily going to score better on those high stakes tests, working as a team helps children develop many important skills!
 
Why Encourage Team Building in the Elementary Classroom? This post tells some benefits of Team Building activities in the classroom and some ideas
 

Here are some of the skills children learn from team building activities:

  • communication
  • collaboration
  • listening
  • time management
  • problem solving
  • putting others first
  • conflict management
 
Interesting, some might say these are "life skills!" Yes, these are skills that children need to develop to be successful in life, which I feel is far more important than being successful on tests!

 

Why Encourage Team Building in the Elementary Classroom? This post tells some benefits of Team Building activities in the classroom and some ideas

These are some activities to encourage teamwork in the classroom:

  • morning meeting activities
  • shared stories
  • project based learning
  • STEM or STEAM projects
  • put on a class play
  • relay races
  • team trivia
  • partner work
  • plan a class party
  • scavenger hunts 
  • educational games, played as teams
I'm sure you can think of plenty more, even activities connected to your curriculum! Make sure to mention that the goal is to "work as a team," and "look out for the others!"
 
Why Encourage Team Building in the Elementary Classroom? This post tells some benefits of Team Building activities in the classroom and some ideas
 
Most important, motivate them to encourage others! Make sure these words are used often! 
  • Good job!
  • You can do it!
  • Awesome job!
  • You are incredible!
  • You figured it out!
  • You're on the right track!
  • You make it look easy!
  • That's the way!
  • You've got this! 
  • I can see you're really trying!

Here's an idea: let them make a list of more encouraging words, and display them for children to use as a reference. Be sure to model using encouraging words for your whole class team!

Why Encourage Team Building in the Elementary Classroom? This post tells some benefits of Team Building activities in the classroom and some ideas

 Looking for more ideas on encouraging Team Building? Here are several links for you!

 

Why Encourage Team Building in the Elementary Classroom? This post tells some benefits of Team Building activities in the classroom and some ideas


 

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