Teaching is tough, but these team building activities will make sure you always have a coworker to fall back on! No one wants to feel like they’re all on their own so it’s crucial to get your team to work together. A happy teacher can always lighten up the classroom, but a team of happy teachers can really shake things up! Here are a few of our favorites activities to strengthen your team’s bond and take the school by storm:
This is the perfect team building activity for teachers! It’s pretty simple, just group everyone into teams based on which subject areas or grades they teach and then send them on a scavenger hunt – from a student’s perspective.
How it Works:
No one wins or losses here, and you don’t need to hide objects throughout the school. This is just a fun game that ends with a discussion about what everyone “found." Give each team a sheet of paper with things to find like: “The best desk for texting,” “The best place to hide from the teacher,” or “something the students will be inspired by.” After a few minutes, call all of the teams back and have an open discussion about what they found. This activity unfailingly leads to great conversations, plenty of hilarious teacher stories, and a brief reminder about what it’s like to be a student!
If your group is somewhat familiar with each other, then this is a great team building activity! Make sure you have at least five teachers before you begin playing.
How it Works:
Elect a person to host the game and then have them cut up pieces of paper into slips that are small enough to fit a sentence on. Make sure these slips are the same sizes, otherwise it will be too easy to know who had which slip. Next, let the host pass out one slip to everyone and instruct them to write a one-sentence fact on it, fold it up, and then drop it into a bag.
Once everyone is done, the host will hand them a sheet of paper before shaking up the bag and reading the slips one at a time. The teachers will have to guess which fact belongs to which teacher, and at the end, the person who got the most of them correct will win! If you have the time, before revealing the answers, it’s even more fun to have everyone quickly explain which fact belonged to who and why they thought so!
This activity requires pure teamwork! It’s a bit more involved than the others, but it’s totally worth it. You’ll need at least five people for this. That will let you create a minimum of two teams (with two members each) and have a “rater” on his or her own.
How it Works:
For each team, make one teacher a “viewer” and the other an “artist." The viewer will look at an original picture of something, let’s say a scruffy black dog on a couch, and verbally describe it to the artist. The artist will have to draw the picture as accurately as possible without seeing it. The artist has only the viewer’s explanation to go off of, so teamwork is essential here!
All of the teams will have the same original picture to work with. After five minutes, the rater will stop all of the teams and inspect their artwork. You can have the rater choose the best one or let all of the teams vote and give the rater two votes to break ties.
If you want a quicker team building activity for your teachers, this is a great choice.
How it Works:
Tell your team to stand up, move to one side of the room, and then to line themselves up alphabetically. Let them know where the “A” names will start, but help them get in order. Once everyone starts moving, let them know they only have two minutes to do it! This forces everyone to work together to figure out where they fit. If you really want to up the difficulty, tell them they can’t speak! It’s always fun to see the creative hand gestures they come up with.
This is a hilarious team building activity for teachers, and you don’t need any special supplies or a certain number of people to do it.
How it Works:
Tell everyone to pair up with one other person and begin passing around one sheet of paper that has an introductory sentence like, “I stayed late at school last night, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw….” Tell each pair to add five words to the story before passing it down to the next group. By the time the final team gets the paper, a pretty ridiculous story has probably been written – go ahead and read it out loud so the whole team can enjoy it.
There are plenty of fun activities you can use to encourage teamwork and bolster friendships among teachers and educators, but the best activities tend to be the funniest and simplest ones! Making up stories or having your team complete tricky tasks on a short time limit is a great way to get everyone laughing and bonding – and since the activities require teamwork and a shared goal, it’s a perfect way to introduce strangers on a good note. It’s even better if you can come up with activities that are classroom-related, that way everyone has a shared frame of reference and can share stories from the classroom. This will keep everyone on the same page and leverage your team’s similarities.
It’s really important that teachers know how to work together and support each other throughout the school year. This is especially important during the beginning of the year when new students (and maybe even new teachers) begin showing up. Everyone will be so busy that they might not have the time to get to know each other, and after a long meeting, they’re likely too tired to stick around and chat. This is where team building activities come in! By starting off a meeting or training session with one of these games, you’ll give your teachers a chance to unwind, have some fun, and really get to know one another!
Everyone will be so busy throughout the school week that it might be hard to plan a team building activity. Instead of asking teachers to meet just to do one of these activities, it might be better to do them during a meeting or training session. Attendance Is mandatory anyway, so the activity will feel more like a fun alternative to sitting and taking notes! You can use the activity beforehand to warm up the room or in the middle of the meeting to give everyone a break – but you probably don’t want to do it afterwards since it might bother people who, even if they think it would be fun, are way too tired to stick around for something that isn’t required.