Remember being part of a team?

Remember the buzz when you were growing up as you joined your sports team for a game? Remember the excitement and anticipation that came from being part of a group with the same goal, of having fun, getting fit, and – hopefully ‘winning’?  Remember the feeling of excitement when the game was so close with a minute left on the clock?

Remembering these precious childhood memories of fun and building strong friendships are very special reflections I have of my growing up.

Just like it was for me growing up, I am sure it is for all of us and for our students.  It is a wonderful feeling of belonging when we meet new people and become a member of a team.

Playing a team sport has a lot of benefits as it helps develop our character as we learn how to lose graciously as well as how to win. It is one way we can learn to improve our ability to focus on a single goal. Playing a team sport also requires us to trust our teammates to do their part in the game as we also recognise each team member’s special skills and of course take responsibility for our part in the team. Learning from the coach during coaching sessions and then playing the game, provides opportunities to develop our communication skills as we interact with our team mates and follow the rules of the game.

The fun times and the development of these skills during sporting games are important takeaways for life. Let’s consider one of the many challenges that our world faces today – the need for people to come together and collaborate to solve the global environmental issues that are affecting our planet. To find a solution for these significant problems, and to help make the earth a better place, we need the expertise of environmentalists, scientists and politicians, to use their knowledge and skills as they collaborate to plan a way forward to ensure the survival of our planet. Working together in this way for the greater good is collaboration on a global scale.

At Cedars, we recognise the importance of developing these collaboration skills so that our students learn the competencies that they need in the 21st Century. Cultivating the skills to be able to identify and respect the expertise of each team member and to cooperate and listen to others through the exchange of ideas, are needed to achieve a successful outcome. When our students work in groups and collaborate by sharing and discussing ideas then they are able to refine their thinking which helps their understanding and improves their ability to effectively solve problems. Just as a sporting team during a game is dependent on the connection and communications across all the team members, so is the ability to be able to, as students, work in a team, collaborate, solve problems and contribute to our world.

In the words of Helen Keller – “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.”