Schools are collaborative environments filled with committees, councils and teams. It is normal for it to take time for groups to gel and become productive. Check out this video blog for a better understanding of the four stages of team development.
I’m Susanne, with Learners Edge, and I’m here to talk to you a bit about what it’s like to work with groups or teams.
Many of you may have heard of the terms forming, storming, norming, and performing.
The first one, it’s a lot like dating when you first meet someone. We’re pleasant. We’re polite. We’re not quite sure about the other person’s personality or work style, that’s called the forming stage.
The next stage is storming. As the name implies, we’re starting to learn one another, and we may have some conflict or frustration as we build trust in the group.
The next one is called norming. This is where we’re getting to know one another, and we’re starting to understand one another’s work styles, and we’re gaining trust.
Finally, we have the performing stage. When we get to the performing stage, we have gelled as a group, we’ve gained trust, and we are ready to share what we’ve learned with one another.
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An understanding of these stages of team development can help leaders in group facilitation and can enable group members to arrive at a point where the group is working as efficiently as possible towards a common goal.
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