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More team building challenges
Midura, Daniel W., 1948-
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Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [1995]

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xi, 103 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Looking for ways to challenge participants, promote teamwork, and initiate problem-solving methods? More Team Building Challenges has 15 fun activities to help your students build self-confidence and improve interpersonal relationships. The book gives you specific techniques and strategies to enhance your program and incorporate problem-solving activities into your curriculum.

The 15 activities in More Team Building Challenges encourage participants to interact verbally and physically, struggle, deal with failure, persevere, and work together to master problems. In the process, your students will learn to value teamwork and appreciate individual differences, practice leadership skills, and improve listening skills.

Chapters 1 and 2 describe team building and tell you how to praise and encourage kids and teach them to carry out specific roles on a team. As a leader, you'll learn:

-the importance of incorporating problem-solving activities into physical education;

-how to organize the challenges in your curriculum;

-how to assign specific roles; and

-how to adapt games for special children and situations.

Your students will learn:

-how to overcome temporary failure by reorganizing and renewing efforts;

-how to become better teammates by cooperating and following the rules;

-how to build self-confidence;

-when to use "praise phrases" and positive adjectives; and

-how to avoid using negative pressures and put-downs.

The remaining chapters introduce challenges at three different levels--introductory, intermediate, and advanced--making the book ideal for most participants. Diagrams show you exactly how equipment should be set up, and photos illustrate how other participants have worked each challenge.

More Team Building Challenges and its successful predecessor, Team Building Through Physical Challenges , are the only activity books that assign roles to specific team members, offer alternatives to negative pressure and put-downs, and promote the use of standard physical education equipment and gyms. This book also includes cards for your students that explain each of the challenges: Simply copy and laminate them, and they're ready to use.

More Team Building Challenges is a valuable addition to your reference library of games and activities.

Author Notes

Dan Midura, MEd , has taught physical education since 1970. He's the elementary physical education coordinator for the Roseville Minnesota Area School District. Dan is also an adjunct faculty member at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota and at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

Dan received his master's degree in physical education from the University of Minnesota. He received Minnesota's 1994 Teacher of the Year Award for elementary physical education, and the President's Award for Service to the Minnesota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD).

Dan has published articles on elementary education and held clinics at numerous state and national workshops and conventions. He is a member of the United States Physical Education Association (USPE), MAHPERD, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), the Council on Physical Education for Children (COPEC), and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Don Glover, MS , has taught physical education (including adapted physical education) since 1967 at the preschool, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels. He is the developmental adapted physical education coordinator in the White Bear Lake School District.

Don received his master's degree in physical education from Winona State University. He has received awards as the 1981 Minnesota Teacher of the Year and the 1989 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year.

Don has published numerous magazine and journal articles on physical education and sport and has been a clinician at more than 100 workshops and clinics. He is a member of USPE, MAHPERD, AAHPERD, COPEC, NASPE, and the Minnesota Education Association.

Don and Dan are the co-authors of Team Building Through Physical Challenges .

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What Is Team Building?
Building a Positive Self-Concept
Physical Education's Role in a Child's Development
Creating Success Experiences
The Teacher's Role in Team Building
Chapter 2 Getting Organized
Encourage Praise
Discourage Negative Pressure and Put-Downs
Use Positive Adjectives
Organize the Challenges
Getting Started
Chapter 3 Introductory Challenges
The Great Communicator
Caution: Construction Zone
The Riverboat
The Swamp Machine
Chapter 4 Intermediate Challenges
Island Escape
Toxic Waste Transfer
Ship to Shore
Plunger Ball
Chapter 5 Advanced Challenges
Knights of the Around Table
Grand Canyon II
Bridge Across the Amazon
Raiders of the Lost Jewel
Appendix A Team Report Card
Instructor Preparation Form
Great Communicator Examples
Skywriters Checklist Example
Appendix B Challenge Cards
Organizer Cards