When we look towards tomorrow’s job market, the essential skill sets that students need to develop today are around the 4 Cs: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. These skills all underscore the value of teamwork, whether in the classroom or in a (future) boardroom.
In designing lesson activities for your students, there are some tips and tricks for guiding students to think about meaningful contributions, communication strategies, and collaboration tactics. How might we encourage group goal setting? How might we model ways for kids to learn their peers’ strengths? How might we encourage students to take risks and move out of their comfort zones in being team players?
There are many ways to encourage more teamwork in the classroom, from room design to classroom procedures, to pedagogical strategies. The fundamentals of teamwork play into some of today’s popular teaching practices: project-based learning, design thinking, and makerspaces to name a few.
In this edWebinar, Darri Stephens, Director of Community Marketing at Wonder Workshop, and Carrie Willis, Technology Director at Valley Preparatory School in Redlands, CA, share some examples from both inside the classroom and those applicable from outside of our schools’ walls. Then, they take a look at how Wonder Workshop supports these goals in their annual Wonder League Robotics Competition. This global program, which is free and virtual, invites kids ages 6-14 to work on creative problem-solving challenges in teams.
Watch Darri and Carrie as they strive to bring more collaboration to students of all ages. Teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders from kindergarten to middle school will benefit from watching this recorded session.
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