Friday, December 4, 2015

How can I know whether my students like their teams?

Answer: It's a good strategy to ask them to answer a questionnaire anonymously. Ask them what they like about GL, what they would change, and to write down suggestions to help improve learning activities. The teachers can also discuss these questions in class.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

The Decalogue of teamwork

In my personal experience, working as a team is an art. It demands you to combine many factors, and make sure you involve all its members and participants. Additionally, in working environments, if where our personal interests prevail over the common interests and goals of a team, then it becomes a necessity to maintain good and healthy relationships with one another.

For me, the basis of teamwork lies in the attitude of the people involved. Infallible formulas do not exist when we study relationships, however, I have noticed that the following basic themes help maintain adequate relationships. All of them consist in having mutual respect for one another, thus becoming the indispensable basis for any successful and useful work processes.

The best teams I have worked with have some of the following characteristics:

- A profound and genuine respect for the opinions, contributions, work and interests of all the team members.

- An attitude of solidarity and mutual support in the tasks of those involved (this doesn’t mean indulgence or taking other tasks that aren’t yours, but rather helping a coworker when he/she is in need).


- Avoid having any sort of competition, self-comparison with others or have the desire to impose one’s vision onto others, including dismissing attitudes such as, “I and I alone know everything”.

Friday, November 6, 2015

More ideas about teamwork

- Altruism (avoid being selfish): this means sharing with others what you may know and what might be useful to them. Don’t consider knowledge as a “property” that should be treasured and kept secret at all costs. “Money that is given, is well spent, knowledge that is given, multiplies”.   Proverbs: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” or “it is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something than to do it for him/her”.

- Placing aside personal feelings and rather focus on work and professional relationships. Criticism should only be given to performed tasks and not to the people performing such tasks. It should not become personal.

- Having a cold and distanced work analysis, yet, this should be complimented by great co-worker relationships.

- Having sincere and genuine interests while trying to achieve a common project.

- Everyone should do what he/she should do, and allow others to do their work. (Of course, it is uncalled for to waste time telling others what is their job and what is yours).

- Timely solutions to solve rising problems.

- Having the willingness to acknowledge mistakes (one’s own or that of others), for what they are: something that needs to be corrected and solved. Without having to go through tantrums, resentment, self-judgment or judging others, and laziness.


- Paying constant attention to the work schedule.