This past weekend the Michigan Association of Middle School Educators conference was held in Walled Lake, MI. I had the great opportunity of presenting a session on Team Building Activities you can use in the classroom. I teamed up with three of my other middle level educator peers and gave a 60 minute presentation for teachers, administrative, principals, and other middle-level faculty. We presented our research on what were the best activities to build up classes and get everyone working together.
Our session was held in the very first time slot and was up against many interesting topics about middle level education. We were a little weary about this and were nervous that no one would choose a presentation held by college kids about activities. We were wrong! 15+ attendees joined us at our session to learn more about team building in the class.
We jumped right in with our activities that included; putting giant puzzle together by giving everyone each a piece and not being able to talk, getting a ping-pong ball across the room by only using paper towel and toilet paper rolls.
Overall, the session went very well. Not only did we feel great about it, but the attendees did as well. We were complimented with comments of how composed we were and how exciting we made the session.
2014 MAMSE was not only a great opportunity to present knowledge, but broaden my own as well. So many great sessions that made me develop professionally and become more fired up about being a future middle-level teacher!