The team trying to figure out how to lift the bucket as a group, but only using their backs.
Building a marshmallow and toothpick bridge over the Toilet Paper River.
Last season I introduced, what we affectionately refer to as, “W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Challenges” to the team. The idea is to build up teamwork and communications skills, and to mix things up a bit when they are in a rut, feeling tired, discouraged or frustrated. I often incorporate a phycial activity of some kind into the challenge to get the kids moving, particularly if they have been sitting for a long time programming or building. After a W.A.F.F.L.E.S. Challenge the kids can come back smiling and able to focus a bit better.
Since January I have been getting kids to idenify some of the things they have learned with each of the challenges. Each week we add new things to our list and I hope that by the time the Climate Connection season is upon us we’ll have a great little resource to refer to for guidance….all based on their own experiences and learning.
Team Building Lessons Learned in 2008 (so far)
- The FIRST thing you need to do is make a plan, then you you need to follow it.
- Listen to EVERYONE. (If your team doesn’t hear you say it again differently and explain your reasoning.)
- Think outside the box. (Be creative, read things carefully for what they say and what they don’t say, look for loop holes)
- Get EVERYONE involved.
- When you’re stuck, start with what you kow and then move to what you don’t know. (Ask yourself questions.)
- Don’t be afraid to clarify or seek help.
- Use your time wisely. (Set goals and deadlines, meet your deadlines)