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Team Building Through Physical Challenges-2nd Edition With Web Resource

Team Building Through Physical Challenges-2nd Edition With Web Resource

A Complete Toolkit

$39.00 USD


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    Teamwork is critical to the success of any group—students, athletes, businesspeople, community members, and others. Team Building Through Physical Challenges: A Complete Tool Kit, Second Edition, takes a proactive approach to building teams as it explains the concepts of team building, shows how to set up teams to facilitate growth, and provides 67 mentally and physically challenging games and activities that will foster team building and the development of numerous social and emotional skills. These activities are an ideal way to start the school year, a sport season, corporate training, an adventure trip, or any endeavor that requires working together.

    New and updated materials for this resource include the following:
    • Updated content on how to implement the activities
    • A new emphasis on social and emotional learning
    • A new web resource with video demonstrations, reproducibles, and a sample team-building course outline
    Team Building Through Physical Challenges features 67 ready-to-use, field-tested activities and challenges for introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. They are presented in a clear and practical format that addresses setup, rules, equipment needs, and variations for each challenge. The web resource offers video clips showing team building in action, as well as reproducible forms to make implementation easier. The web resource includes challenge and organizer cards for all challenges; these cards give the teams all the information needed to begin the activities.

    Another important feature of the book is the rationale it offers to obtain support and funding for the implementation of team building in schools, organizations, and businesses.

    Participants will focus on and build a variety of skills and character traits:
    • Trust building
    • Conflict resolution
    • Leadership
    • Self-control
    • Collaborative problem-solving
    • Effective communication
    • Critical thinking
    • Creativity
    • Optimistic thinking
    • Listening skills
    • Appropriate risk-taking
    • Resilience
    • Growth mindset
    Team Building Through Physical Challenges assembles the best team- and character-building resources developed by the authors since the first edition of this popular book was published, plus new activities and supporting material. The authors are recognized experts in the field who have been creating, compiling, and experimenting with team-building activities for nearly 50 years.

    Team Building Through Physical Challenges is the only comprehensive book of team-building activities that focus on physical challenges. Through the clear instruction and guidance on team building, the useful web resource, and the exciting and challenging activities, participants will learn to become respectful competitors, valuable problem solvers, selfless leaders, and high-character members of their school, team, company, or community.


    Resource for K-12 physical educators, classroom teachers, community and recreation program leaders, and government and business leaders. Supplemental text for undergraduate- and graduate-level education courses in teaching methods.
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Team Building
    Emotional Intelligence and Social Emotional Learning
    Growth Mindset
    Leadership Skills
    College and Career Readiness Skills
    Building a Safe Community
    Adventure Education and Team Building

    Chapter 2. Setting Teams Up for Success
    Facilitating Social-Emotional Skills Through Y-Charts
    Facilitating a Growth Mindset
    Teaching Effective Praise and Encouragement
    Encouragement and Growth Mindset
    Doing, Practicing, and Reflecting
    Forming Teams
    Team-Building Roles
    Leader’s Role in Team Building
    Setting Up Activity Spaces and Equipment
    Selecting Appropriate Activities and Challenges

    Chapter 3. Facilitating Growth Through Team Building and Assessment
    Weekly Reflection
    Goal Setting

    Chapter 4. Safety Strategies
    General Rules
    Spotters and Spotting
    Equipment Safety
    Safety Issues With Specific Challenges
    Creative Ways to Obtain Equipment

    Chapter 5. Icebreakers and Communication Activities
    Memory Game
    Mexican Hat Rock—La Raspa
    Chicken Dance
    Group Construction
    Moving Team Juggle
    Untying Knots
    Where Do I Go?
    The Great Communicator
    Break My Stride

    Chapter 6. Introductory Challenges
    Construction Zone
    Geography Masters
    General Hospital, Emergency Room
    Atom Transfer
    Swamp Machine
    The Whole World in Their Hands
    The Snake
    Get a Grip
    Power of Six
    Tire Bridge
    Toxic Waste Transfer
    The Rock
    River Crossing
    Magic Bases
    Let’s Build Together
    Building Character

    Chapter 7. Intermediate Challenges
    Island Escape
    Plunger Ball
    The Maze
    Stepping Stones I
    Bridge Over the Raging River
    Jumping Machine
    Human Pegs
    Teamwork Walk
    Stomp It
    Great Balls of Color
    Juggler’s Carry
    Dynamic Barrier
    Tower of Tires
    Factor In
    Team Bean Bag Toss
    I See Me
    Meteor Shower
    Building Blocks
    Rainbow Swamp Trail
    Character Connection Challenge
    Lean on Me
    Beanbag Boogie

    Chapter 8. Advanced Challenges
    Black Hole
    Stepping Stones II
    Alphabet Balance Beam
    Knights of the Around Table
    Electric Fence
    Grand Canyon
    Spider’s Web
    Neutral Zone
    Thinking Outside the Dots
    The Power Line
    Indiana’s Challenge
    Leigh Anderson currently teaches in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, where she applies many of the concepts in this book. In addition to her elementary classroom and intervention experience, Leigh taught at the graduate level in the teaching and learning master’s program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. This is the third book dealing with best practices in education that Leigh has coauthored, and she has presented both nationally and internationally. Leigh holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction.

    Daniel W. Midura is a former physical education specialist and coordinator in the Roseville Area School District in Roseville, Minnesota. Now retired, Midura was a physical education specialist for more than 40 years. In that time he has presented at more than 200 conferences and workshops and coauthored four books. He was named the Minnesota Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1994 and was awarded the 1995 National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Teacher of the Year for Minnesota, among other teaching awards and honors. He has served as president of the Minnesota Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MNAHPERD), and he was an adjunct faculty member at Bethel University and Saint Mary's University.

    Donald R. Glover has taught physical education, including adapted physical education, since 1967 at the preschool, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels. He currently teaches adaptive physical education methods at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.

    In 1981, Glover was recognized as Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, and he was named the Minnesota Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1989. He has written eight books, published numerous magazine and journal articles on physical education and sport, and been a clinician at more than 100 workshops and clinics.

    Glover earned his master’s degree in physical education from Winona State University in 1970. A former president of MNAHPERD, he is a member of SHAPE America and the Minnesota Education Association.
    Web resource. Features video clips showing team building in action, reproducible forms, and  challenge and organizer cards for all challenges.