Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Building a tower in a team can help a group discuss topics, learn to work together and practice communication. There can be many versions of this team building strategy. Teams can write words on the sticky notes and bid with them, facilitators can eliminate forms of communication in the game and the materials used can be different. By creating something together, the teams will hopefully build culture and be able to work together better.
Collaboration Tower Protocol Instructions
Students were placed in groups based on their their Creative Sequence Assessment. They were then given seven minutes to plan out their approach to building the tallest tower using sticky notes. After that seven minutes were up, they had five minutes to build. Students loved the idea of this, but it was more difficult than they anticipated! Many were unsuccessful, and we had a great discussion afterwards about pains and gains.
"I loved seeing students have to adapt, communicate, and think on the fly when their planned approach was not as successful as they thought it would be!"
"I like how we worked in a group to try and meet the end goal of trying to build the highest tower."
Meet the Educator:
Fifth Grade teacher at Lakewood Elementary in the West Ottawa School District for the past 24 years.
"I love connecting real-world situations and experiences with our learning in the classroom. Working through the Creative Sequence allows every student to participate and shine, and prepares them for future learning and careers."