Today I’m planing for the staff's return to the building and the message I want to convey. The purpose of our first meeting is to begin to develop a team atmosphere, make sure we’re all on the same page and get input on plans for the first week.
It’s important to our school culture that staff members all work together and have fun doing so. I start this process the first day we’re together with a team building activity.
Two years ago we had a card tournament, last year we had a rock paper scissor tournament and this year the staff will be combined into small teams and have a competitive scavenger hunt where they’ll have to solve clues that I’ve written in order to move on to the next location. I’ve also included mini ice breakers at each location. For example, at one spot they’ll have to come up with seven adjectives that describe their hopes for the upcoming school year. At another they’ll have to come up with three non obvious things they all do.
The reason for this activity is that it creates physical movement and problem solving, while also creating bonds based on similarities. Once they’ve completed the scavenger hunt we’ll debrief as an entire staff and I’ll use the adjectives that the three teams have selected to transition to plans for the upcoming year and specifically that first week.
So that’s what I’m planning for the first third of our staff meeting, creating an atmosphere and an expectation of collaboration through a team building activity. As the instructional leader I’m also modeling what they can do in their classrooms.
Team Building, creating a culture of innovation and play, is one of the most important things I do as a school leader.
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