July 8, 2019

The drive from Pittsburgh, PA to Columbus Grove, OH takes anywhere from 4 hours and 15 minutes to 4 hours and 45 minutes, depending on the route. This is where my parents and my in-laws live so we make the drive frequently.  Every time my wife and I get ready to make t...

June 3, 2019

As the school year comes to an end, educators are celebrating student successes and thinking about how they can help struggling students do even better next year.

As an instructional coach, I, too, am reflecting on the accomplishments of teachers I work with and starti...

In today’s world, both employers and educational institutions place a high value on soft skills that are transferable across professional, academic, and social situations. One of the most frequently cited skills is collaboration, which has seen a resurgence in interest...

February 23, 2018

Everyone's talking about collaboration, but how do you do it?

Corporate leaders highlight the need for a new generation of workers who can creatively solve problems by collaborating with other team-members. It’s imperative that our K-20 educational systems provide opp...

April 11, 2017

Classrooms being led by high Teacher Talk Time (TTT) are becoming a thing of the past. Today, the conventional classroom experience where teachers do most of the talking is thought of as counterproductive. When only a few students are giving feedback and the rest are “...

April 4, 2017

University College London (UCL) recently reported the results of a study at their Institute of Education that suggests collaborative problem solving skills will be the most sought after skills in the future workplace. This report calls for educators and policy makers t...

March 21, 2017

By definition, teamwork is the combined action of a group of people. Whether or not that combined action is successful depends on how well the individuals in the team interact with one another. Let’s take sports for example. You could have the most talented athletes to...

March 15, 2017

Last week, I attended an event in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood that celebrated the accomplishments and initiatives of Homewood Children’s Village (HCV). HCV supports the children, families, and community of Homewood by providing opportunities to help children suc...

March 7, 2017

Here at The TeamBuilders Group, our goal is to make our products about the development of children and collaborative learning cultures. To ensure success in teaching deliberate collaboration, tools need to be effective and easy to implement. That is why TeamBuilders bu...

February 28, 2017

“…It is never a bad thing to gain more tools for our “toolbox” while working in groups! I would love to implement this in my classroom each year, but at the beginning of school to set expectations for the year regarding group work.”
-Amanda Erwin, 2nd Grade, Hopew...

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