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Polishing Cars, Polishing Teamwork Skills

 

Today's Snack: There's nothing more delicious than a well-polished apple. Take a regular Delicious or Jonathan apple, or some other colorful variety, and wash it under cold, running water for a few moments. Then take a soft, clean cloth, and polish that apple for several minutes! When it's polished to a high sheen, or sparkling brightness, then eat and enjoy!

 

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Supplies:

 

Make teams of 4. Each team has:

 

Plastic bucket

 

Detergent

 

Soft sponge

 

Chamois cloth

 

Towels

 

Window cleaner

 

Soft cloths

 

Vacuum cleaner

 

Toothbrushes (to clean tight spots)

 

 

Advertise to teachers and parents in advance that you are going to have a free car wash in the school parking lot. Any cars that are parked in that lot during the hour of your car wash will be washed! Cars left unlocked will get cleaned and vacuumed inside as well. You can leave a box marked "Donations" near the door and expect to receive more money than you spend on materials!

 

Arrange in advance with one or more parents to borrow or collect the buckets, detergent, sponges, towels, etc., and have them on hand the day of the car wash. Also arrange with the school janitor to have one or more garden hoses hooked up and available for your car wash. Meet as a team and decide who is going to do what.

 

Are you ready to work as a team and make those cars sparkle? Great! But first, let's talk about what makes a really good teammate. Go over these as a group and talk about how it might feel to have someone who is doing these things on your team - good or bad? Divide up the following traits of a good teammate, and practice them while you are washing cars. It'll make it so much more fun!

 

 

Teamwork Do's:

 

Notice and encourage the good in ideas and ignore or

overlook the less-good, if possible.

Give others praise, acceptance and understanding.

Positive problem description:

"What can we do?" "What could we use?"

"How can we make it better?" "What if . . .?"

Confirm ideas as good.

Show appreciation for effort.

Listen, and summarize to show you heard.

State your feelings clearly but with sensitivity to

others' feelings.

Accept responsibility for good AND bad.

Accurately define problems.

Work toward solutions that all can agree upon.

Smile.

Use a gentle voice.

Speak with kindness and look others in the eye.

 

 

 

Teamwork Don'ts:

 

Criticize ideas.

Call ideas or people bad names.

Negative responses; implying something can't be

solved or done.

Negative nonverbals:

Frowning.

Refusing to look others in the eye.

Crossing your arms and hunching your

shoulders.

Turning sideways from others.

Sighing, groaning or expressing exasperation.

Complaining about others or their ideas.

Arguing, insulting others, blaming others.

Doing or saying things behind the backs of

teammates.

Trying to solve it all by yourself, a put-down to

teammates.

Interrupting.

Denying responsibility for problems;

withdrawing from the process.

Making excuses for problems.

Exaggerating problems.

 

 

 

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com Partners & Teams 05 2009

 

 

 

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