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Have a question or comment?       Building our Team


Types of Team Building activities - a review - Purple Monster


 Read & discuss with your team versus just your learning buddy the items below:         Team coaching each other



Elements Included

Building the elements of a team
Using a larger peer group
Learning to deal with adversity
Incorporating life-skills/ woundational skills  in the process
Reading-1 team overview



























  Learning Targets Represent Clear, Manageable Goals
  Teaching model 5E Studying Skills 
  Lesson Plan for this section  




Read & Discuss

The ability to work as part of a team is one of the most

 important skills in today’s job market. Employers are

 looking for workers who can contribute their own ideas,

 but also want people who can work with others to create

 and develop projects and plans.

What are the 11 commandments of good teamwork?

Questions to start: (discuss amongst each other)
Commitment: What attributes do we need to show a sense of responsibility for this project?
Knowledge of roles & Strength: How can I contribute to the team success?
Critique performance: How can we contribute new thoughts to making the teams performance better?
Cultural Statements: Review the cultural statements of companies you use to work with, to get an idea of the importance of your team culture.
Outcomes:  What are the outcomes (Deliverables) we want for this portion of the team?


If you hand me a hammer and don’t give me plans for building something, then all I can do is pound in nails all day with no real results.

Discussion items:


·         How big should our Team/Crew be? In the beginning, we should split the people into groups of approx. 6 people in developing the elements of the team/crew.  Then we will share our thoughts between these peer groups. 

·           We will use the concept of peer learning with answering questions to develop our concepts.  I.E what is a team or crew? What is its purpose/charter?, What are the elements of it?


Create your purpose statement of your charter for your team. What do you want this team to do?

Build your cultural statement for the team.  Look at the first 10 minutes of the first video in the FLIP section to get an idea of the importance of your team culture.

How do we deal when disagreements occur?


Review the development of your ground rules for your team.

  • Review and discuss the Support items with your team mates. How will you incorporate these into your team activity?

  • When learning about a new subject as a team, use various questions to gather information.


  • What are the outcomes (deliverables) we want for this portion of the project?

  • What are our roles in the team?



Video of Team Work
Listening Skills 
Team Work Curriculum-2 (Important Read)
Fun Team Activity
AI Discussion on creating the team ... Discuss
Community Tool Box 






 Boxes on the right are hot links
 Not all boxes are hot  linked.



Dealing with conflicts in the team

Insure active listening to each other
Seek understanding not agreement
Outline the issues
Build dialogue
Agree to an action plan
Insure you follow up.
Be positive
Resource for discussion of conflicts.
The Difference between  Dialogue-Debate





Employees sense of personal value is key

Question: What business tools can we start using to help us create our team?


Tools to use:

  • You can use any resource to find information ( Web, Books, People, etc.)

·       You can work together to create your thoughts

·       You need to write your thoughts as a group

·       Reflex  on your completion.  What have we learned?, Need to know more,


Discuss & learn:



How can we use these skills in creating our team?

Trust, Respect, Empathy, Listening, Independence,  Collaboration, Kindness














See web site for discussion




Setting community values, norms

see forming team-work-2 handbook above

Flip learning page


Possible Outcomes:Learning Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes - The Peak Performance Center

·       Understand the value of a learning community

·       Create a community charter and cultural statement

·       Written procedures and processes for a community operation

·       Understand the connection between a learning community and a sports/music team  


Charter (Purpose, Rules, Structure, Community authorization, Goals)  Culture ( Values, Norms, Rituals, Beliefs, Moral Compass)
Similar Teams Coaching Support
Quality Processing Measurements
  Forming teams





A critical premise is respect for the opinions and ideas of others.  It is crucial to maintain the positive chemistry of the team!  Consider The Platinum Rule:  "Treat others not as you would like to be treated, but rather as they would like to be treated"  - Respect!  The intent is to recognize the humanity and worth of all members of the team. All members of the team should prioritize selflessly working together in achieving the goal the team has set for itself



“As French Philosopher Tocqueville rightly noted, in order for the American experiment to succeed, personal liberty must be fiercely protected, but also carefully balanced with a commitment to the common good.”





General Tenants 

  • Use your questions to start the dialogue.

  • Think of yourself as in your own business.  … You are your customer.

  • Problems are opportunities … the bigger the problem the bigger the opportunity.  Vinod Khosla

  •  Use the engineering mind-set to focus on all the activities around your normal position. Open Engineering mind-set

  • Learn from your errors … They are learning tools

  • Be a lifelong learner … Have fun at it.