Since I'm just about finished setting up my room, I've started thinking about the really important stuff....getting my plans done for the first week of school.
Most of the teachers at my school use Kagan's Cooperative Learning strategies (in fact, I was sent to the Summer Institute twice at Disney World to be trained...BEST.TRAINING.EVER!) and these structures for active engagement are an everyday part of the teaching and learning that goes on in my classroom.
In order to get ready to use the strategies throughout the year, I always like to spend quite a bit of time at the beginning of the year building a positive emotional climate and guiding my students in classbuilding and teambuilding activities. It is so important for our kiddos to be able to communicate and collaborate with one another. Taking the time at the beginning of the year to focus on these skills always makes the year run smoothly!
So I decided to create this little banner for each team to complete together and then I figure we'll post them around the room! This will be a fun way for each team to begin to build relationships and interdependence. If you'd like to use it, click on one of the pictures below. I'd love to hear a comment from you if you choose to use it! =O)
Also, I'm curious: What do you do to enhance team relationships in your classroom?