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Team building is a proven approach for helping people become respectful competitors, cooperative team members, and community leaders. Now you can help your students or group develop those same important skills with Essentials of Team Building: Principles and Practices.

The authors, with two successful books on team building and 30 years of team-building experience, offer a day-by-day guide for implementing activities and challenges for individual sessions, units, or an entire semester.

The activities and challenges are geared to beginning through advanced participants in a variety of settings, and they help participants develop the following valuable skills:
·Problem solving
·Appropriate risk taking
·Building working relationships
·Leadership and communication
·Creative thinking
·Building trust
·Making decisions
·Setting goals
·Developing physical skills

In chapters 1 and 2 the authors introduce the concept of team building, including its benefits, its connection with adventure education and community building, and the process involved in building a team. Chapters 3 and 4 provide assessment tools and safety strategies. Chapter 5 offers a sample college course outline in team building. You'll find icebreaker and community activities in chapter 6, and in chapters 7 through 9 you can choose from an array of introductory, intermediate, and advanced challenges. Chapter 10 provides character development and community-building challenges, and an appendix lays out challenge cards, useful forms, reports, and examples.

In addition, Essentials of Team Building: Principles and Practices includes
·58 activities and challenges for beginning through advanced teams;
·reproducible forms for organizing, presenting, and evaluating team-building challenges;
·ready-to-use unit and semester plans with evaluation tools for each activity; and
·a bound-in DVD with video clips of 25 challenge demonstrations and reproducible challenge and organizer cards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736050883
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: Includes DVD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,291,079
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel W. Midura, MEd, is a physical education specialist and coordinator at Falcon Heights Elementary School in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. He has been a physical education specialist for 35 years; in that time he has presented at more than 100 conferences and workshops. In addition, he has coauthored three books and was named the Minnesota Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1994. He was awarded the 1995 NASPE (National Association for Sport and Physical Education) Teacher of the Year for Minnesota and has received other awards and honors in connection with his teaching. He has served as president of the Minnesota AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) and is an adjunct faculty member at Bethel University and Saint Mary's University.

Donald R. Glover has taught physical education, including adapted physical education, since 1967 at the preschool, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels. He currently teaches elementary physical education methods at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.

In 1981 Glover was recognized as Minnesota's Teacher of the Year and was named the Minnesota Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1989. He has written four books, published numerous magazine and journal articles on physical education and sport, and has been a clinician at more than 100 workshops and clinics.

Glover earned his master's degree in physical education from Winona State University in 1970. A former president of MAHPERD, he is also a member of AAHPERD, NASPE, COPEC, and the Minnesota Education Association.

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Table of Contents

How to Use the DVD
Essentials of Team Building DVD Menu

Chapter 1. Introduction to Team Building
Benefits of Team Building
Community Building and Team Building
Adventure Education and Team Building
Team Building and Character Education

Chapter 2. The Process of Team Building
Preparing for Team Building
Forming Teams
Setting up Activity Spaces and Equipment
Selecting an Activity or Challenge

Chapter 3. Assessment Tools
Developing a Successful Assessment Program
Record Keeping for Teams
Team Report Card

Chapter 4. Safety Strategies
General Rules
Spotters and Spotting
Equipment Safety
Safety Issues With Specific Challenges
Creative Ways to Obtain Equipment

Chapter 5. Team-building Sample Course Outline

Chapter 6. Icebreakers and Communication Activities
Memory Game
Group Construction
Moving Team Juggle
Untying Knots
Where Do I Go?
The Great Communicator

Chapter 7. Introductory Challenges
Construction Zone
Geography Masters
General Hospital, Emergency Room
Atom Transfer
Swamp Machine
The Whole World in Their Hands
The Snake
Tire Bridge
Toxic Waste Transfer
The Rock
River Crossing
The Wall I
Magic Bases
Geo Sphere

Chapter 8. Intermediate Challenges
Island Escape
Plunger Ball
The Maze
Stepping-Stones I
Bridge Over the Raging River
Human Billboard, Skywriters
Jumping Machine
Human Pegs
The Wall II
Indiana's Challenge
Teamwork Walk
Great Pearl Caper
Stomp It
Missing Bucket
Great Balls of Color
Juggler's Carry
Dynamic Barrier
Tower of Tires
Factor In

Chapter 9. Advanced Challenges
Black Hole
Stepping-Stones II
Alphabet Balance Beam
Knights of the Around Table
Electric Fence
Grand Canyon I
Grand Canyon II
Spider's Web
Neutral Zone
Marble Twist and Turn
Thinking Outside the Dots

Chapter 10. Character Development and Community-Building Challenges
Building Blocks
Lean on Me
Rainbow Swamp Trail
Integrity Tower

Challenge Cards
Organizer Cards

About the Authors

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