Workforce Readiness: Competencies and Assessment

By Harold F. O'Neil Jr. | Go to book overview

APPENDIX: PREPARING STUDENTS FOR TEAMWORK ASSESSMENTS

Overview
In order to prepare students for the teamwork assessment, it is helpful to spend at least the class period prior to the beginning of the assessment discussing the characteristics of effective teams and the ground rules for team interactions. Teachers should read the tables an Characteristics of Teams, Teamwork Skills, and Stages of Team Development before presenting teamwork to students, so teachers can better answer students' questions. A list of Ground Rules for Effective Teams is included in the manual. It should be provided to students before they participate in the assessment.While the directions included in this and subsequent sections are written as a script, it is not necessary to read it verbatim. The script is provided for individuals who feel more confident having explicit instructions. Teachers may review the script and give their students the general instructions. However, make sure that all procedures are followed.
Instructions to Teachers
NOTE: Before the start of the class, put the following list on the board. These materials will be referred to later in this section.
Ground Rules for Effective Teams
Team Effectiveness Observation Sheet
Product Scoring Sheet
Self-Evaluation for Team Effectiveness

Over the next [insert time period for assessment selected], you will be participating in a teamwork assessment. This is not like tests that you are used to taking. You will be working in teams to [insert type of assessment; e.g.; write a report, produce a product, find solutions to a problem, etc.]. The goal of the assessment is to give you feedback on your skills in working in teams. Businesses routinely describe the ability to work in a team as a critical skill for doing well in a job. Virtually all careers require you to work in a team at least part of the time.

When you come in tomorrow, you will find out who your teammates will be. I will be assigning you to teams by [insert method of assignment; eg.; random, teams worked in before, teams designed to maximize strengths, etc.]. I will be observing each team and evaluating the results of your teamwork. A little later in this period, I'll show you the forms to be used when I observe your team. I'll also describe how the scoring will work. Right now, I want to tell you about the exercise and discuss effective teamwork.

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