Build a Team
27 ways to build a team
Recognize the need for a team. Read, research, study, and make sure you believe a team is necessary.
Demonstrate the need for a team. Play a game or present a problem that demonstrates that a team is better than an individual.
Show the outcomes of a team work product and an individual work product. Was their more synergy with the team?
Create teams with diverse skills and knowledge.
Take a pre-assessment to determine the skills and knowledge of the potential team members.
Sell the need for a team.
Begin the bonding process by giving the teams a challenge. Each team will compete against the other teams. Set a time frame.
Move around to the teams and facilitate the discussion. Ask how they will begin the challenge. Ask if they need any resources.
Supply the teams with markers, poster paper, and access to content to research how to accomplish the challenge
Ask each team to present. The most comfortable team member can present.
Ask if there are roles that each team member needs.
As you move around to the teams watch for people without a voice. Encourage the team to listen to everyone.
Spend time as an entire group and as a team debriefing. Ask them to discuss how they worked as a team and what they could do better.
Take enough breaks for the teams to be refreshed between activities.
Spend time discovering who everyone in the group is. Play gamestorming get-to-know-you games.
Play a fun game. Have team verses team participate for a prize.
Encourage the team to discuss how each member will be given a voice.
Ask each team to set rules (or a code of conduct) that govern how they deal with each other and the other teams.
Point out good team characteristics.
Offer all team members a safe escape if they are uncomfortable.
Work through team conflict. Ask other teams to intervene and give advice.
Have teams create a chain of command for reporting concerns with a team member or the project.
Be careful to let the individual be graded on their own work and not that of others.
Mix up the teams at the completion of projects or lessons. Let the team members try new teams.
Encourage the team to grow into a deeper understanding of other's point of view. Teach them how to ask each other questions to go deeper.
Reward good team work.
Have a reason for the team. If you plan to talk at them, there is no point in the team. Create something for the team to do. Let them solve the problem.