This month we will focus on the character concept, “teamwork.” Therefore, our power-chat discussions
and activities will aim to help children understand the importance of working as a team as well as to
inspire them to “do their part” at home, at school, and out in the community.
When people are part of a team that works well together, common goals are achieved more quickly, jobs are
done more efficiently, and workload is divvied up more fairly than when people work alone. Great teams
energize and empower their members, accentuate everyone’s strengths, and successfully compensate for
weakness. Perhaps that’s why T.E.A.M. is said to stand for “Together Everyone Achieves More” or sometimes
even “Together Everyone Achieves Miracles.”
We want all children to learn about the benefits of teamwork and effective teams. Of course, all teams do not
guarantee the production of teamwork nor do they always guarantee success. Therefore while we must teach
children the many positive functions of teams, we also must teach them when to speak up and challenge the
culture of the team instead of simply going along with the group. This can be tough for anyone, especially
children who just want to be accepted. A study that came out of Harvard University in March of this year
showed that children as young as 3 or 4 already have a tendency to go along with the group majority (March
2009). Children must learn that sometimes, being a valuable group member is about challenging norms so
that everyone can work together more effectively.
This month the definitions of teamwork are as follows:
Everyone works together!
Older students, teens and adults:
Working together towards a common goal
During the four weeks of May we will be discussing the following:
Week 1: Defining teamwork: What is a team and what is teamwork?
Week 2: Success and failure: What makes a team successful and what makes a team fail?
Week 3: Strengths and Challenge: What can I contribute to a team? How can a team help me?
Week 4: Standing strong and standing up: When do you go with or against the team?
As always, one of the best ways to reinforce POWerful Words is by modeling strength of character ourselves.
Share with your children what teams you encounter each day, the benefits of teamwork, what teams you are a
member of, and what strengths you contribute to your teams.
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