Team Building Activities for Teachers

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

When you have a strong and vibrant teaching community, this has a knock on effect for student learning. Team-building activities can be helpful in developing such a community. Check out some of these ideas for team-building activities.

Team Building Activities for Teachers

Teaching is a busy job, and teachers are understandably protective of their time. However there is some benefit from having teachers participate in team-building activities. There is a lot of research-based evidence that highlights the value of building learning communities. Those communities can be isolated within a classroom, but are more effective when an entire school acts as a learning community; one that puts a priority on student learning above all else.

There are many types of team-building activities, from getting-to-know-you activities, challenge activities, critical thinking activities, and activities purely for increasing morale. Here are a few ideas.

Getting to Know You Activities

Probably the most common team-building activities for the start of the school year are getting to know you activities. There are so many activities of this type that it deserves its own section.

One common activity of this kind is Two Truths and a Lie. It involves writing down two truths about yourself, and one lie, and reading them to the group. People must then guess or vote on which of the three statements is a lie.

Another activity involves getting into pairs or small groups and trying to find five things everyone in the group has in common. Five is usually good number, though it depends on the size of the group. You might find that in a particularly large group anything more than three is ambitious. But either way, this activity encourages people to get to know each other as they search for commonalities.

Finally, you can do a kind of speed dating for your team. Have people pair with another person for a single minute, and get to know each other based on a series of questions or prompts. After a minute, people rotate and talk to someone new. This continues until everyone has talked to everyone else.

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