We Have to Work Together

Mind Missions offers direct instruction in teamwork skills, collaborative practice, and reflection on individual contributions to group goals. In our curriculum working together is not cheating, it is succeeding.

Collaboration is nothing new. Throughout history, people have worked collectively to solve problems and create solutions. As we become more connected to more people in more places around the world, collaboration is becoming increasingly important. Mind Missions learning provides opportunities for students to grow  and excel in collaboration.

Mind Missions Collaboration is developed with 3 tools:

Direct Instruction in Collaboration

Direct Instruction

Mind Missions collaboration begins with direct instruction in effective teamwork. Team Building is the first lesson in the Mind Missions learning system. Teachers share positive teamwork skills with students using Mind Missions "Dos and Don'ts." Next, students engage in Team Builder activities designed to promote collaboration and team unity. Then, they reflect on the meaning of effective and positive teamwork. Tools for effective collaboration set the stage for strong teamwork. Direct instruction in positive teamwork skills can be referenced through the Mind Missions learning experience.

Practice in Mind MissionsTeam Collaboration

Teamwork Practice

Mind Missions are a collaborative adventure. First, students choose a role card for each mission. Students rotate between essential team roles. They each learn to be a leader, materials manager, timekeeper, and recorder. They learn about the importance of each role and the contributions needed by each member of the team. Some students bring engineering ideas. Others provide artistic talents. Another team member may excel in presentation skills. Student teams must work together to succeed. Mission success depends on the collaborative efforts of every team member. Through practice, collaborative skills grow.

Reflection in Mind Missions Collaboration

Reflection and Growth

Each Mind Missions culminates in Reflection. Six writing prompts are provided at the conclusion of each lesson. The reflection writing activity provides a time to stop, process, and grow. Each lesson includes two questions that encourage students to analyze their individual contributions to Mind Missions collaboration as well as the effectiveness of their team's work. We learn not from what we do, but when we think about what we have done. Mind Missions reflection provides an opportunity for students to learn from their work.

Try a lesson that builds team skills while learning about George Washington Carver

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.”

Steve Jobs

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