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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
If you have a team computer or a computer that can be shared, you may want to use a computer generated agenda like the one below. I have made this a document you can download and customize for your team. The benefit of an electronic agenda is that it can be sent easily to all team members for review and as a homework reminder.
Posted by Coaches' Coach at 12:05 PM
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
You can see that the first area covered is to review homework assigned at the previous meeting. It didn't appear first on the agenda, but for the Inventioneers, it's a matter of
Posted by Coaches' Coach at 6:39 AM
Sunday, March 25, 2012
You know what "they" say about failing to plan. Good planning is a key skill to introduce to your team. An agenda is a great tool for your team to use toward this end. You could provide some examples, highlight the advantages, and help with the team's first few attempts at creating agendas. With the right introduction and enough enthusiasm from coaches and team leaders, the team will embrace the concept and will be surprisingly independent in agenda-setting.
Posted by Coaches' Coach at 2:03 PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Part of creating a star team is to head off teamwork problems before they begin. This is easiest to do when forming new team, of course. Setting the ground rules from the get-go gives both team members and coaches a blueprint for building cooperative relationships within the team.
It's a bit harder to rework interpersonal interactions in an established team. Here is a common difficulty coaches have shared with me (I applaud coaches for voicing their frustration about how it can take only one team member to disrupt the whole team and who look for innovative ways to handle the problem):
Q: We have a student that disrupted our team last season. We do not have a process or policy in place to alter team membership status. How can we "uninvite" a student from our team?
Posted by Coaches' Coach at 1:01 PM
Monday, February 6, 2012
TeamSTARsNow is a good time to evaluate how effective your teamwork skills were this FLL season. One way to evaluate the development of skills in this area is to take our little quiz (This can be completed by the coach and/or team members). This is an private online quiz only FYI, no information is recorded.
Posted by Coaches' Coach at 8:08 AM
Sunday, February 5, 2012
After an intense season in any program, teams should take a short break from the pace. After this breather, take time to analyze your team's performance. This blog will provide some practical ways to assess areas for improvement and some techniques to enhance teamwork.
Posted by Coaches' Coach at 11:49 AM