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OUTDOOR LEARNING

Teachers and staff team building - working together and build cooperation projects

Description and main aims

Draft proposed program

Why Is Team Building Important?

Team building is probably the best way to build collaborative, high performing teams that will also increase faculty morale and student performance. The benefits of team building programs that incorporate the differences in the four basic personalities as well as team bonding and camaraderie activities are so significant that many schools have incorporated team building strategies into their standard training curriculum for staff development.

 

Building and maintaining a positive team culture and atmosphere is every bit as important as paying the electrical bill. It’s not just something you should think about. It's something you need to start on immediately and is crucial to your school coming through these tough economic times, not just barely hanging on for dear life but charging forward.

"Enthusiasm, pure and simple, should be one of the most highly prized traits of your staff… and it’s contagious!”

 

Teachers’ values and ethic, school cohesiveness and school atmosphere are the main factors having an impact on students learning and on the wider community. We can have the best teachers and tools in the world but if we don’t have a consistent approach to learning and effective working teams then our teaching will have a limited impact.

Team building is undoubtedly one of the best ways to build high performing teams whose collaborative work will have an impact on the school and consequently on student performance. There are many ways to build a team spirit among teachers.

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation" – Plato

The problem met by new teams is the general confusion that exists among team members. Which role does each member have to assume? What kind of relationship should be advocated? How can we use the competencies and experience of individuals to serve a team purpose? Do we need clear established rules and policies or do we leave each member free to reach their targets the way they want?

Enhance team performance through design and leadership

Great teams are energizing and productive, delivering breakthrough results. In an effective team, everyone understands how to contribute in ways that support team outcomes that go above and beyond what any individual could accomplish alone. But teamwork isn’t easy. Even the best teams, with the most well-intentioned colleagues, can encounter problems that hinder their collective accomplishments.

In this training, you will learn strategies and facilitation techniques for building great teams and creating successful team dynamics. You will develop skills that enhance communication and trust, and align team members around shared goals so they can effectively plan, communicate, execute, and deliver.

Designed for managers and team leaders, this team-building training will teach you how to cultivate maximum team productivity by understanding how to navigate the stages of team development and address team challenges. It includes team leadership techniques for local and virtual teams.

Target group
Teachers can be any kind of teacher working in a public or private school or educational institutions

Like all our programs, the present one is flexible and adaptable to special requests, depending on the subject taught or on the starting level of the participant. 

Furthermore, in line with the JUMP Academy method, our courses are based on a strategic balance between formal and non-formal education, indoor and outdoor education and the team takes care of a very important aspect of international mobility which is the intercultural learning which we develop with short excursions and facilitating the interaction with local partners, especially schools of the territory. 

We always try to connect our learners to local teachers and students to cooperate in developing innovation and networking for future projects. If possible, inside the program, a morning is spent inside a local school, visiting, observing, and cooperating in the realization of one or more lessons. The proposed program JUMP works, in European dimension and with an international spirit, at the local level and, according to the period of the training along the year and the weather, it is possible to change some sessions and add visits and meetings, in cooperation with our network of partners including schools involved in European projects).

Training modules
1) Module 1: 15 Rock-Solid Benefits of Team Building. Outdoor group dynamics to getting to know each other better
2) Module 2: Encouraging tolerance and understanding. Creating an understanding and awareness of individual differences, personality strengths, and weaknesses. Breaking down barriers
3) Module 3: Building team spirit. Creating a sense of belonging and connectivity. Building self-esteem
4) Module 4: Team development - Building a community with a common purpose
5) Module 5: Creating a climate of cooperation and collaborative problem-solving
6) Module 6: Improving motivation. Improving communication within the group


Program

Sunday: arrival of participants, welcoming by the B&B , free time, and relax
Monday, 9:30 Opening the program with a briefing from the organizers. Presentation of the team, ice-breaking games outdoors, and walk to the city center. Short sightseeing in Soverato, some basic info for orienteering, history and info points. 
Session on the Erasmus Plus Program 2021 - 2027 and sharing ongoing K1 projects of the participants
Lunch break. 
Afternoon session. 15:00 - 17:30. Module 1: 15 Rock-Solid Benefits of Team Building. Outdoor group dynamics to getting to know each other better
Tuesday morning. 9:30 - 12:30. Module 2: Encouraging tolerance and understanding. Creating an understanding and awareness of individual differences, personality strengths and weaknesses. Breaking down barriers
Afternoon session: 15:00 - 17:00. Continuation of module 2.
Wednesday: Morning session. 9:30 - 12:30. Module 3: Building team spirit. Creating a sense of belonging and connectivity. Building self-esteem
Lunch break. Afternoon session: 15:00 - 17:00. Module 4: Team development - Building a community with a common purpose
Thursday: Morning session, 9:30 - 12:30. Module 5: Creating a climate of cooperation and collaborative problem-solving
Visit a local school. Working with teachers and students. 
Lunch break. Afternoon session: outdoor emotional team-building walk to Soverato Superiore. 
Friday: Morning session, 9:30 - 12:30. Module 6: Improving motivation. Improving communication within the group. Next steps and Design my own learning and teaching pathway. 
Saturday afternoon, free time. Final dinner among participants to say Goodbye to Soverato.
Sunday: Departure of participants.


Certification and number of days
JUMP certifies or 36 hours for 6 days course (6*6) or more if needed adding extra hours per day. Or 30 hours for a 5 days course (6*5). 
The course can be also extended to a 2 weeks course with the options 10 days or 12 days course if asked and agreed, depending on the project of the sending organization. 
10 days are excluded the weekend (5+5), 12 days are from Monday to Saturday morning (6+6). 
At the end of the training, JUMP delivers a formal certificate of attendance and the team is at disposal to fill the Europass certification document according to the EU model template and other needed documents for reporting of the sending institution. 

Costs: the cost is fully covered by the Erasmus grant. Write to info@associazionejump.it to ask for information on costs and the services provided to plan your mobility project in Soverato with JUMP.

PLAN YOUR SESSION

JUMP organises a training every month of the year excluded in the Christmas period.

If you're a writing a KA1 project, please, plan the most suitable period for you and your team starting from the 1 of July every year and then, when you will know if your project is approved, we will write each other and we will confirm dates and sessions planning together. If you prefer to write and you need a formal confirmation, please write to associazionejump@gmail.com