House of Cards

A post by Science teacher Noopura….

When working in a team have you ever suspected that you’d be better off working alone?  We set out to investigate whether we can be more productive as teams or as individuals.

First, girls had to make a house out of card in ten minutes.  Girls had a tough time completing their houses by working individually.

Girls get to work on their own
Girls get to work on their own
Beaula with her house.
Beaula with her house.

It was time for them to work in pairs now. This was a second chance to make a new house but this time with a partner. Let’s have a look at what happened…

Monisha and Disha get to work.
Monisha and Disha get to work

It seems that having a partner was very helpful indeed. Though the houses built were delicate ones, each pair was able to come up with a card house.

Some houses made in pairs.
Some houses made in pairs.

The next task was to work in a team of four.  Each student was ready to build another card house with the help of a lot of ideas gathered from the last two experiences. But as you know, working in a team was followed by conflicts, resolving the conflicts, deciding on a central idea and execution.

Houses become very complex when made in teams!
Houses become very complex when made in teams!

Working individually to achieve a particular goal may sound difficult but at the same time it encourages individual creativity where as working in a team can help to generate ideas, refine them and add different viewpoints.  At the end of the lesson, each student wrote about the good qualities of her team members she came across in the card house activity.

Feedback about team-mates and a suggestion for how the team can improve.
Feedback about team-mates and a suggestion for how the team can improve.

Girls were asked to feed back on a weak point on which they could personally work in the next team activity for a better performance.  In the review session we came to know that some girls preferred working alone while some were more comfortable in doing the task as a team.  As usual, we spent time reflecting on the activity so that girls got to think about things like cooperation, teamwork, resolving conflict and facilitating discussion.  This was another successful opportunity for girls to consider and develop their leadership skills.

And a paper city was created!
And a paper city was created!

Thanks to Noopura for this post about a Leadership lesson.

Noopura Pathare

Education plays an indivisible role in our lives. It grows us, develops us and transforms us into a better human being. Though the quality of education each individual gets should not vary significantly. After all, quality education should be a right and not a privilege. I find myself fortunate enough to get an opportunity of working with with Avasara Leadership Fellows. It is an NGO inspired to develop leadership potential of India's brightest young women. This blog is to share my experiences in education (most of which are experiments in education) which make me grow as a teacher.

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