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What sort of team building activities should I conduct in class, especially when there are students in my class who refuse to work with each other?

May 9, 2016 9:43am

Team Building Activities; Classroom Management;

  • English Language Arts / Social Studies
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  • Class Culture


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    • May 24, 2016 12:15am

      I've had two students in class that could not work collaboratively with other students due to behavioral reasons, and I found that pairing them together and making it a simple game worked in having them work together. My kids are 5th graders and I had them take turns being the brain or the scribe.

      One person can only write what the other person is saying and explaining, and while the other student can only talk and can't write anything. Then they switch.

      This helped especially for reviewing concepts that they struggled with because they had to explain it with their words. If the scribe knew how to solve it but the brain couldn't do a good job of explaining, the scribe would do an excellent job of explaining when it is their turn and the scribe would have to follow along and understand it to be able to write it down.

      • May 22, 2016 10:44am

        Elementary teachers can solve this problem and many others by learning the Pax Good Behavior Game. Takes no time away from learning, reduces class disruptions, improves grades, harmony, self control, reduces future drug abuse by training the brain to regulate behavior. Google Pax GBG.

        • May 23, 2016 9:28am

          As a teacher, I used community meetings first thing Monday mornings, and actually worked well anytime, if a conflict arose. The meetings allowed us to come together as a class to talk about what we did over the weekend, problem solve, and I always asked a question which they shared responses with their neighbor which lead to getting to know one another a little better. I noticed it promoted team building and a positive learning environment.