Four Benefits of Teamwork for Student Development & Success
Curious about the tangible benefits of teamwork for your student's development? Learn how team activities can help her succeed right now!
Are you curious about the tangible benefits that teamwork-focused activities can offer your students?
Participating in team activities can help students develop essential communication and collaboration skills while preparing them for success inside and outside of the classroom.
In this article, we will share four benefits of teamwork, as well as show you how you can start teaching your student teamwork skills right now.
Four Benefits of Teamwork for Student Development and Success
1. Teaches essential social skills.
Teamwork teaches essential communication and social skills, such as active listening and effective speaking.
When working as a team, students learn how to listen to their leaders and coaches in order to perform their individual roles. Students learn how to listen to one another in order to function as a cohesive unit.
Teamwork teaches students how to respectfully and confidently express their ideas and opinions effectively in a group setting.
It’s important for students to recognize that speaking is not the same as talking. Speaking is about understanding how to communicate with an audience.
The way in which a student speaks to other group members demonstrates her level of understanding and respect for others.
2. Improves self-confidence.
Teamwork teaches students that their voices are respected and valued.
Knowing that she will be heard helps build a student’s self-confidence, while encouraging further participation in group activities.
This becomes a self-sustaining cycle: participation in team activities teaches students how to be better communicators, which in turn helps every member of the team feel valued and respected.
As a result, even the most introverted and quietest members of the team can become active participants and learn to enjoy team activities.
3. Reduces bullying.
One of the biggest benefits of teamwork is its potential to dramatically reduce the effects of bullying on students.
When a student knows she is valued and respected by others, she will be able to rise above the hurtful acts or comments of a bully.
Being a part of a team that genuinely cares about its members will also give a student a strong support system.
Ultimately, team members tend to stick together outside of collaborative settings (like sports practice and clubs), which means they can support one another in challenging settings.
Furthermore, the self-confidence from team activities may empower a student to stand up for other victims of bullying who may not have a similar support system.
4. Sets students up for future success.
The benefits of teamwork almost always translate into success outside the classroom.
There are very few career paths that operate in isolation. As an employee in almost any industry, people are required to work closely with others.
That’s why employers prefer to hire people who have demonstrated their ability to work as a part of a team.
Introducing students to collaborative environments early in their school experiences presents opportunities for them to more productive and joyful as they work with others in a team-based environment.
This satisfaction will be reflected in their job performance and career advancement.
How to Teach Teamwork Skills to Students
Successful teamwork begins with great communication skills.
If you want to teach these skills to your students, lead by example.
Listen carefully to what she says and make sure you communicate with her in a clear, respectful manner.
Family activities such as board games and cooking are great for teaching important social skills such as collaboration, compromise, and respect.
School is the perfect place to develop your student’s teamwork skills.
She should have plenty of opportunities to develop her listening and speaking skills during partner activities and group projects.
Team sports, school plays, and debate teams are also great experiences for learning how to be a part of a team.
Don’t underestimate the impact that a qualified, professional instructor or coach can have on your student's enjoyment of team activities.
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Weaving together engineering, digital arts, robotics, media, academic research, and entrepreneurship, the Shari and Ed Glazer Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Marlborough delivers a superior college preparatory education in an environment imbued with high ethical values.
Here at Marlborough, we don’t just teach girls to keep pace with the changing future.
Instead, we teach them to boldly pursue ideas which set the pace for the future.
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