To make participants more comfortable during your team building activity, try these ideas:
- Provide name tags
- Make a display with everyone’s name and school on it
- Try to hold meetings/workshops in a venue away from school
- Make some decorations, banners, or signs to say what you want the workshop to accomplish
- Plan a social activity – lunch at a restaurant instead of the workshop venue; a barbeque in the school yard instead of lunch in the classroom; and so on
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There are many ways a teacher can encourage and support pupils in their education. It is important to remember it is very difficult for many pupils to concentrate on their studies as they have to work before or after school, help their parents with harvest season; or do homework without electricity.
There are many ways for pupils to participate in assisting the daily operations of the classroom. Pupils enjoy helping the teacher and it encourages the pupils to take responsibility. Reward the pupils when the jobs are well done with a thank you note, notice on the chalkboard, or an appreciation clap at the end of the week.
This activity provides pupils with an opportunity to rate their classmate skills. It creates a scale for pupils to measure their ratings. This activity can be completed several times to record improvement.
This activity invites pupils to draw a picture, write some facts about themselves, cut the paper into pieces to make a puzzle, then reassemble the puzzle. The activity starts out independently then becomes a group activity where pupils are discussing, asking questions, and creating classroom community relationships.
This activity works well at the beginning of a semester especially when pupils do not know each other. Each pupil develops a word search using the names of their classmates. Then pupils exchange their Word Search with another pupil and search for the names of the pupils in the class.
Circulating around the classroom and monitoring progress is the key to keeping pupils focused on learning. The following guidelines can be used as the teacher interacts with pupils during initial instruction, practice sessions, seat-work sessions, cooperative learning activities and learning center activities.