...for Successful Classroom Team-Building Activities in a Student-Centered Classroom Classroom team-building activities with student partners are critical in today's classroom. At any grade level, learners are likely to spend as much time working with partners as they are working alone. This can … [Read more...]
Classroom Team-Building Activities
Accelerate Learning and Classroom Community
Research is very clear on this topic: People (adults and kids) learn better from someone with whom they have a good relationship. A student centered classroom relies on effective and genuine caring between teacher and students.
You are not hosting a corporate retreat; team building is not an activity that takes place near the first of the year, never to be repeated. It is an ongoing process of facilitating classroom meetings and other things that bring groups together, building inclusion in the classroom all year long.
- Willingness to work with any other person (a great life skill)
- Sharing of personal information and common interests
- Exploration of similarities and differences
- Expressions of thanks and appreciation
- Airing of issues and apologies
Sounds a little like a family, doesn't it? Well, that's what a student-centered classroom is all about... a group of people who care about each other. But it certainly doesn't happen after a single activity. Team building takes a year-long commitment.
Remember who the team captain is
You can be the team captain every kid wishes for. It is nothing more than making each child feel worthy of their teacher's attention... nothing more than making them feel like they are each a first pick for your classroom team... nothing more than winning little hearts and minds with simple niceness and genuine concern.