Building social and emotional learning (SEL) skills such as teamwork requires face-to-face interaction, meaningful discussion, and reflection. Edtech is no complete substitute for that, but there are teamwork activities and tools that can supplement the development of character in the classroom and at home. Besides doing your share, teamwork is working respectfully and effectively within a group.
While some tools focus specifically on teamwork, the websites and apps that you use daily (in all subjects) can be used to promote partnership, too. You don’t have to stop using the tools you love or toss out your lesson or curricular plans to start developing SEL. Below we have included some tips, tools, and actionable ideas for seamlessly integrating teamwork and life skills-building into your content classroom.
Everyone from sports franchises to the military to businesses is on a quest to crack the code of the perfect team. Google spent years studying their working teams and recently announced the results. They determined that success wasn’t based on “who” was on a team, but on the culture created by the team–for example, a group that takes turns talking vs. one in which members speak over one another.