“There is no ‘I’ in Team”
“United We Stand, Divided We Fall”
“Alone We Can Do So Little, but Together We Can Do So Much”
“E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One)”
“T.E.A.M stands for Together Everyone Achieves More”
As athletes, physical educators, teachers and coaches, we’ve all probably heard or recited many of these kinds of quotes with our students and athletes. As coaches, we preach these values all the time but as PE teachers, do we do the same in our PE classes? Should developing the skills and knowledge of teamwork only be reserved for those athletes of team sports or should all our students be learning them?
One of the catch phrases floating around in education today is the term, “21st Century Skills.” When we hear 21st Century Skills, we often think of learning technological skills like coding, multi-media platforms, robotics, social media and 3D printing. Not too often will you hear someone say that learning key 21st Century skills happen in PE classes. Well, while learning technological skills are indeed important, when you look deeper into what is truly valued by employers today, you clearly see that these skills are actually secondary.
For example, the organization Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www.p21.org) describes one of the four major student outcomes as Learning and Innovation Skills, otherwise known as the 4 C’s. These important 4 C’s are listed as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. All these skills involve learning to function as a team member and can be taught through team-building activities.
In a 2013 Forbes article entitled, “The 10 Skills Employers Want in 20-Something Employees,” a survey was give to 200 hiring managers, asking them to list the 10 skills they desire in an young employee. The top 4 skills they desire in a new hire? Number one was the ability to work in a team, followed by the ability to make decisions and solve problems, the ability to plan and prioritize work, and finally, the ability to communicate with people inside and outside and organization.
Even more revealing was an even larger survey of 400 employers conducted by The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Society for Human Resource Management. This survey entitled, “Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce,” revealed the top 4 skills desired from today’s graduates are professionalism, teamwork, oral communication, social responsibility.
As you can see it's so important to take the time to teach these valuable skills to all our students. You'll find that it's not that hard to do, you can still incorporate fitness into your activities, and your students will have fun while learning valuable team skills that they'll take with them for a lifetime.
TeamBuild SEA 2015.pdf