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Team-Building Activities Dealing with Change

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Team-building activities can help your students gel as a unit and work together more effectively. Dealing with change is a challenge so these activity ideas will help middle, high school, college, or adult students learn to deal by coming together.

Teambuilding Activities with a Focus on Change

Everyone struggles with change from time to time. Working together as a unit can help people cope with change in the classroom or in their family, personal, or work life. These activities are designed to be used with any age of student from middle school to adult. They help students work together to solve problems and draw conclusions with a focus on adjusting to change in healthy ways. They also offer time for reflection and debriefing to help students internalize the lessons learned.

Scavenger Hunt with a Twist

  • Materials: scavenger hunt clues, reflection sheet.

In this activity, teams will follow scavenger hunt clues that may seem confusing but eventually lead them to a positive conclusion.

Begin by crafting scavenger hunt clues that incorporate directions for change within them. For example, the first clue may tell students to search for a clue that's framed, with the clue located behind a picture frame. The clue they find there may provide them with a choice of two clues, asking them to change the way they play in order to decide which path to follow. Another clue may instruct students to take a certain path to their next clue.

On the day of the activity, place scavenger hunt clues carefully around the learning space, aligning with the directions. Assign teams different starting points to avoid crossover or have a small set of color-coded clues for each team. Allow students to complete the scavenger hunt. Then, have each team complete a reflection sheet about how change was incorporated into the activity, how it made them feel, and how their team adapted to it.

Debrief as a whole group, using the reflection questions as a guide. Focus on the coping strategies teams used to deal with the changes they were asked to make. Address the feelings they experienced along the way, as well. Have students independently record three strategies for dealing with change that they learned from the activity.

Anchor Statement Decision Making

  • Materials: anchor statement examples, decision making scenarios related to change.

In this activity, teams will write anchor statements to support them in making tough decisions related to change. Before the activity, create decision making scenarios that involve change. For example, a scenario related to something as simple as changing departments, joining a sports team, or deciding not to be friends with someone anymore.

On the day of the activity, ask students to identify values that are important to their team when making decisions. Then, provide students with an example of an anchor statement, which is a basic statement of how one might act on a specific value. For example, if integrity is important to my team, we may write ''We will act with honesty and be transparent in our decisions'' or ''We will make decisions that we are proud of.'' Have each team write three anchor statements that will help them throughout the decision making activity.

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