After reading the Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni, which presented three (what would appear on the surface at least) as very obvious traits that make up the ideal team player, these were:
1) being 'people smart', how we interact with other people
2) showing self motivation or hunger for improvement and responsibility
3) being humble
We have just started our Adventure Challenge unit with our grade 4 students, this unit focuses upon developing communication, cooperation and problem solving skills, all essential to team work which can be used in every aspect of life. We have started off the unit asking the students to inquire into what they believe the ideal team player looks like in skills and characteristic traits. We will be collating the common responses and making a working grade 4 document that students will be able to add to with post it notes as we progress during our unit.
Throughout the unit students were able to add post it notes of examples that they were encountering during the unit to a combined Grade 4 Frayer Model. By the end of the unit we combined our reflections to help make a display of what Grade 4 thought was the 'ideal team player'. As we went through the behaviours and character traits and tried to group them, we saw that it followed the three groups from Patrick Lencionis book (People Smart, Humility & Hunger) When discussing this with the students, they agreed however they wanted to change hunger as they did not feel this represented what they were had discussed as a group. They felt that their ideals covered also helping others on the team to improve and understand and a student felt that 'Drive' would suit what they meant better, he explained this to two of the classes and they agreed. It was quite a surreal moment as Drive was the book that I was reading at the time.
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