Effective schoolteams

The workshop about effective schoolteams was presented by Peter Clarke, an Irish psychologist.  He gave us practical advice about effective teamwork.  We also had the chance to exchange a lot of personal experiences.

During the whole workshop we worked on activities in small teams.

What are the difficulties we experience working in teams?

During the whole conference we hear clearly the same issues coming back:

  • The extra time obstacle
  • The motivation and interest of teachers
  • Technical difficulties
  • Fear of the language
  • Support of the schoolboard

We concluded that both the bottom-up strategy as well as the top-down strategy can be useful to integrate eTwinning in the school.  A lot of enthousiastic students and teachers can influence the headmaster and schoolboard to support eTwinning (bottom-up).  But support and a bit pushing from the headmaster are very welcome to influence the schoolteam (top-down).

Successsful teams

To work with a successfull team we have to keep some things in mind.  Peter Clarke gave us a shortlist.

Also social-emotional issues have an influence on us working in a team:

  1. We need to belong to a team
  2. We need to know that we belong to a team
  3. We need to have a common aim for the group we join
  4. We need to have power and autonomy
There is a dynamic interactions between these four things.

Sharing experience

We had a lot of help from each other talking about things that are going wrong in our project teams.  We exchanged some useful tips and solutions.

Important quotes I take home from this workshop:

  • Teachers are not managable, but that’s a good thing!
  • Influence is about the passion of the topic.
  • Key golden rule: Honouring the end time!

3 thoughts on “Effective schoolteams

  1. Participé con entusiasmo al Workshop de la sesión matutina, con la intención de poder encontrar respuesta/solución a la problemática: cómo mejorar el Etwinning school team. Pertenezco a una escuela italiana de educación primaria, 3ºCircolo de Corigliano Calabro, que a lo largo de 4 años creció de dos a doce docentes etwinners, que trabajan y han trabajado en 6 proyectos Etwinning (tres de ellos premiados), pero que aún les cuesta mucho entender el verdadero método de trabajo Etwinning, incluso, aveces, les falta la iniciativa de acción Etwinning. Llegué al workshop con la intención de encontrar una respuesta, pero luego de haber escuchado a Peter Clarke, me voy con una pregunta que me guiará a la respuesta deseada: ¿por qué soy un etwinner? ¿pertenezco al grupo o pretendo que el grupo me pertenzca? sigo buscando la respuesta.

  2. Peter certainly gave us all plenty to think about and what a great workshop to have at the conference. Our group also noted that teachers were rather uncontrollable. We thought the ‘Go Rounds’ were a great idea in a team meeting…everyone has just 1 or 2 mins to speak and during that time no-one can interrupt and no questions are asked before you move onto the next person.

  3. Peter came out with a comment early on about MOTIVATION, the essence being that you CANNOT motivate someone… they have to do it for themselves, all you can do is continually offer the opportunity for them to become motivated. I felt a huge weight lift from my shoulders and a rekindled enthusiasm to ‘continually offer’ …Thank you Peter 🙂

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