Team Building for Preschool Teachers

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Team building is a great way to promote social interaction among preschoolers. Learn about team building for preschool teachers with help from the longtime director of a successful nationally accredited early childhood program in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Tressa Giordano. I'm an early educator and co creator of The SEEDS Network. Hi today I'm going to give you some ideas for team building for your preschool teachers. This is a great way to get your teachers to feel more together as a team and feel that group morale that you want as teachers. One of the activities we do at our staff meetings, it's really fun, it's really simple, and all you need is a couple teams, ten minutes, and some paper. It's called the song battle and all you have to do is get your groups together and in ten minutes, you can set it to five if you wanted, see how many songs each group can come up with, song titles that have the word rain in it. If you have some real music lovers, this might come easy, but it's just a fun activity and a little competitiveness between groups is always fun. A second activity that we like to do at the beginning of the school year is have each teacher fill out a this is me poster. What this does is allow the teachers to share not only with each other, but maybe your parents if you decide to post these somewhere for all to see. Fun facts about each other. We include things like their education, three fun facts about themselves, their favorite color, their favorite book, their favorite holiday, their favorite food, and of course some tidbits about their family. As you can see, this teacher chose to use some real pictures of herself and her family as well some illustrations that she drew. So again just a really great way to share information about yourself to your colleagues as well as your families and students within your school. The third activity that I have, which is really fun to do at a staff meeting is called the human taco. Once again you're going to want to do a little preparation before your meeting and you're going to want to print off from your computer, pictures of taco shells, salsa, lettuce, cheese, hamburger meat, taco meat, and one more shell. Then what you do is you have all of these pictures copied numerous times for the amount of people that you have within your group. And you're going to have each person choose one of these and tape it to their back. Now you want to do this in a way that they don't know what picture is on their back. Then what you're going to do is tell your group in two minutes you want the group to build a human taco by lining up without talking. So what they need to do as a group is to line up with no words, int his pattern. Taco, taco meat, cheese, lettuce, salsa and then end with a taco shell. So it's really fun to watch your staff run around the classroom without talking, seeing which group can become the first taco. Thank you for tuning in and have a good time.

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