Team building is so important for children. Today we see children fighting over the silliest things. What we don't realize is that students are not born with a team mentality. Children learn what they see and many of them do not have appropriate social skills because they have not had appropriate models and no one has actually taught them how to handle social situations. Many of them simply do not know how to get along with one another, nor do they know how to solve a conflict when it occurs.
We don't want children not to have conflicts. Conflicts are a normal part of life. What we don't want is for children to respond negatively to conflict with aggression or shutting down. We want children to be comfortable, confident, and assertive. Joining in, in team building activities can help students to feel like they belong in a group
Developing a strong network of social bonds is one of the ways a child can protect themselves from being bullied. Safety in numbers is an obvious reason, but a healthy set of relations can also increase social harmony and productivity among school children.
Sadly, with ever increasing class sizes, a sense of community is difficult to sustain in our over populated schools. Fortunately, there are ways we can improve social relations through team-building activities. I am not saying this eradicates bullying entirely, but surely our kids stand a better chance of getting along if they are encouraged to work together.
The principle of team building is that it encourages cooperation instead of competition that can harm relations between people. It can develop a more positive class environment - When students have to work together to solve a common goal it can reinforce current friendships and develop a new respect for others. Teamwork can have a long lasting positive influence throughout the classroom in many different areas.
When we work as a team ,we are working towards a common goal. Team-work is necessary as a transferable skill because of its importance in the workplace. If we want our kids to grow up in a spirit of cooperation, then we should think long and hard about the type of environment we want them to learn in.
So, what is to be done ? Perhaps we should begin by looking at the type of activities which encourage team work in the first place. Social psychologists have done extensive research in this field.
Team building activities are stimulating problem-solving tasks designed to help group members develop their ability to work well together. Many team building and initiative tasks are like kids games, others are novel, complex tasks and designed for specific needs. More elaborate initiative tasks can involve rope and outdoor courses, night-time activities, and exercises lasting over several days.
Of course , we don’t just have to organise trips to adventure parks to build skills. There are plenty of things parents can encourage their schools to include. These include cooperative learning - a successful teaching strategy in which small teams, each with students of different levels of ability, use a variety of learning activities to improve their understanding of a subject.
Each member of a team is responsible not only for learning what is taught but also for helping team-mates learn, this really creates a huge sense of achievement. Students work through the task until all group members successfully understand and complete it.
An important point to remember is that cooperative learning is not just "group work." Not only can students learn together in producing group projects, it can be used as an integral part of the classroom management plan, and at every stage of a child’s lessons. In fact, collaborative learning is so highly considered in Scandinavian countries that it is an essential part of any curriculum.
I hope you have also seen the benefit of collaborative learning and support me in my views. I think tackling anti-social behaviour needs a holistic approach. If we all pull together- parents, teachers , and education experts, we can set the right plans , and examples for the benefit of our kids. Think what you can do to encourage collaborative learning in your school.
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