When teachers like these from Foundation Academy put their minds to it, they can do anything. That includes pulling together to produce an artistic masterpiece for their school.
This summer, teachers from Foundation Academy gathered in Trenton, New Jersey for one of our charity workshops: The Big Picture. Teachers in general know a lot about teamwork, but they don’t often get the chance to work on teams since they’re usually alone in front of a classroom.
The Big Picture is all about teamwork and collaboration, so it was the perfect choice for these 20 teachers from Trenton’s Foundation Academy.
We combine team building activities with a group project in this workshop. The result? A wonderful, humongous work of art that the group can take back to work with them. Past workshop groups have hung their project on the break room wall, or in a lounge.
These teachers, since their workshop was a back-to-school activity aimed at gearing up for the new year, had a great idea for their group project: they would display it near the front entrance of their school. As they welcomed students back for the new year, there it was for everyone to see!
Foundation Academy : Good Communication Leads to Collaboration
Most teams come to us with a goal of improving their communication skills. While that’s never a bad idea, and everyone can stand to get better at communication no matter who they are, collaboration is the true test of a great team.
After all, communicating efficiently with your colleagues is just a building block for greater achievements. It’s when you can use your communication skills to achieve success on projects, goals, and other work-related tasks, that these skills really pay off.
For the Foundation Academy teachers, who already had a solid base of good communication skills, collaboration was the goal. That’s why this workshop was perfect for them: it really focuses on the idea of collaborating to get things done.
Nice Benefits After the Workshop
In this case, the 3-D work of art they created for their school’s front entrance drove them to work together in the most efficient way possible. They were motivated to create something beautiful for their students, and their work paid off- it truly was an inspiring work of art.
Great job, teachers, for coming together for your students! And all the unused art supplies can go home to your school to be used for future projects, should the mood strike you again in the future for some high-level collaboration on a second artistic masterpiece!