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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks to Noopura for this post about a Leadership lesson.