Well, the new school year has begun here at Yahl, and the 4/5 students have been off to a real hands-on start. During our first week, we participated in the “Cup Challenge”. This team-building exercise saw our students working in groups of 4 to construct a simple tower of plastic cups:
Seems too easy, doesn’t it? …………………..The catch? Students’ hands were not allowed to come into direct contact with the cups; rather, the children had to coordinate their movements and use a special rubber band tool to construct their pyramid. The photo below shows the starting structure the children had to work with:
In this challenge, effective team work was essential: communicating clearly with each other was one of the keys to success:
The exercise was a lot of fun, and also gave us an opportunity to reflect on what makes a successful team. After they’d built their pyramids, the children brainstormed the keys to their success and came up with the following mottos:
* Communicate with each other;
* Include everyone;
* Don’t give up, try again;
* Try different ways;
* Learn from your mistakes.
These mottos were then turned into colourful posters that we will hang up in our room; these posters will help remind us this year of what we need to do in order to succeed – together!
The idea for this activity is from Sciencegal’s blog.