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TDA 2.6 Help improve own and team practice in schools Rachel Waring
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Understand the work of the team.
Describe why team work is important in schools (3.1)
Teamwork improves communication, it isn't just about exchanging information - it is about ideas, feelings, hopes and desires, we find this when we communicate with people we trust and respect. It is also about all those things that make us the individuals that we are. Another important reason I feel is flexibility, good teamwork depends upon a willingness to change, to be adaptable, open-minded and to learn from skills of others, the good care worker should always be flexible enough to change in the light of new knowledge or the opportunity to acquire new skills. Negotiation this is a need and willingness to discuss issues, consult our clients, colleagues and management in reaching optimum solutions to problems and issues. Sometimes it involves compromise or confrontation, as well as collaboration. In order to negotiate with team members and management, the team player must be clear about the negotiation and be prepared to compromise. There is some evidence which suggests teams go through a common process of development, Tuckman (1965) has reviewed the literature on this. He says “ that teams go through the processes of forming (getting together), storming (fighting over territory in the group), norming (coming to general agreement about how the group should work), and performing (getting on with work-sharing without worrying too much about relationships in the group).” Other advantages of teamwork are:
*Can provide a satisfying, stimulating and enjoyable working environment. *Can co-ordinate areas of expertise so that those with different skills can join forces to enhance individual practice. *Can help to provide a more comprehensive service to service users. Another "cute" list of characteristics has items whose first letter forms the word PERFORM *Purpose
*Relationships and communication
Describe the purpose and objectives of the team in which they work (3.2) Whether in the workplace, at school or even at home, teamwork is an essential part of a smoothly functioning system. When individuals work together as a team, more can be accomplished -- ideas can be bounced among team members to come to the best solution. Often teamwork is required within the workplace or even during school projects. Knowing the objectives that lead to successful teamwork is the first step. Before the team gets started, it must have an end goal in mind. This goal should be well stated and every member of the team should be aware of what the goal is, whether it is preparing quarterly reports for a meeting, cleaning the house for a big day or finishing up a group laboratory assignment. A team leader should be selected who will keep the overall goal in mind and ensure that the team stays on task. If the group is large, smaller teams can be created from the large group, with one leader ensuring that each small team keeps to its goal while working on smaller portions of the overall project. A team is made up of two or more individuals. Within a team, everyone needs to be aware of each other's education, skills and abilities as they apply to the project at hand. Individuals should be assigned work based on their capabilities so that the team accomplishes its goal successfully the first time around. Though team members do not have to agree on everything in regards to the project, they all need to be committed to the project in order for it to succeed. Team members should put aside their personal goals and instead focus on the overall goal of the team. http://www.ehow.co.uk/info_8030955_objectives-team-work.html
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