For the September 29th in-service, our building went back to study the fundamentals of how to build strong teams throughout the building. We focused on the characteristics of an effective team and reflected on how we could move toward becoming a stronger PLC, something we felt was necessary because we have changed a lot as a building since we first studied PLC's.
We started working toward these goals with a team building exercise where the teachers were split into groups and each group had to build a tower using a bag of supplies. During the challenge, the teams sent a representative to the library twice, once to discuss their strategies and once to trade supplies with the other groups. The teachers naturally took a competitive approach to the building challenge, which became part of the reflection after the challenge.
After building the towers, the teachers reflected on how the challenge mirrored what happens in our school. Each group had a different set of supplies, just like each team in our building adds different elements to our work. The groups had opportunities to share ideas and resources, just like our teams in our building, and just like what happens in our building, the work we do together is better than anything we can achieve on our own. After the building challenge, the teachers broke up into department teams to assess how they function as a team and to have critical conversations about how to move forward.
At the end of the day, our teachers had a better understanding of what it means to be a high functioning team and to think about how we can move forward as a building. Looking forward, our next steps will be to build up to renewing our implementation of data teams to maximize student learning at ESHS.
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