We spend a lot of time with others at school, so it is important to be mindful of our relationships. This includes the relationship with ourselves as well as others.
Ask students these questions:
Benefits of group work:
Share these quotes with your students:
Before watching the video, brainstorm with your partner about reasons why group work is helpful.
-Watch this video about the benefits of group work: Why We Do Group Work
-After watching the video, ask students to compare their list of reasons to the reasons listed in the video.
-what positive experiences have you had with group work in the past?
-what makes group work difficult?
-what can we do in our class to make group work more enjoyable?
Human Knot Game:
(note to teacher: you may need to walk them through the game or show them an example. You may want to show this video: Human Knot)
Use this worksheet for the following activity.
Show the students how to turn the sentences from the worksheet into questions:
Distribute the bingo page to each student. They will need to find another classmate that matches each bingo box. They can write the students' names in the box. Encourage students to get out of their seats and move around, talking to each student at least once.
After the activity ask the following questions:
Ask students to think of friends that they have made at school.
Then play this video from the Disney movie Lemonade Mouth. These students do not know each other and were assigned to clean up an empty classroom. Notice how they work together to create a song.
Ask your students the following questions:
Introduce the idea that sharing personal experiences with others can create genuine, lasting relationships. Make a list of major life events (ex: birth, baptism, marriage, moving to a new place, etc.)
Ask the students to think about 2 or 3 experiences that have shaped their lives that they would be willing to share. Give them a few minutes to write their ideas.
Possible questions to think about include:
After writing their thoughts down, ask the students to share 1-2 experiences with a partner. You may ask the students to share another experience with a different partner.
Introduce the idea that sharing personal experiences with others can create genuine, lasting relationships. Ask the students to think about 2 or 3 experiences that have shaped their lives that they would be willing to share. Give them a few minutes to write their ideas. Possible questions to think about include:
Distribute a simple evaluation form for the students to fill out. Ask them to answer the following questions:
What is feedback? We often need to receive positive and constructive feedback in our lives.
Have students commit to asking for feedback on personal/professional goals they are currently working on from someone they trust and love.
After reviewing students' responses, set goals as a class for how we can improve our relationships with each other. Make one goal based on each question (keep, stop, start).
Review narrating in the past tense
In a job interview, you may be asked a question about your experience working with others. For example, “Describe a situation where you used teamwork to overcome a challenge.” Have students practice role-playing an interviewer and an interviewee when answering this question with a partner.
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