Teachers use balloons in teamwork exercise

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UNION COUNTY — Teachers at Union County High School got a surprise assignment involving when the returned to school earlier this month.

Teachers at UCHS were greeted with an anomalous staff development activity upon returning for a teacher work day on Jan. 3. Indeed, they were randomly grouped into teams of four to five teachers and given balloons and tape. Their assignment was to create the tallest, freestanding, self-supporting structure.

Though hesitant at first at the request from administration, they soon became enthralled and quite competitive as they worked diligently against the 20-minute time frame to outwit their opponents. However, there could only be room for one winner in the end.

The goal of the administrative team was to provide teachers with a model of what teamwork looked like, but in a subtle way.

“Our goal was to build small learning communities throughout our school,” Principal Floyd Lyles said. “Success is our only option!”

As a result of the activity, UCHS teachers were reminded of the importance of teamwork and building relationships when striving for success. This was evident through the many “Balloon Castles” that were “built in the sky.”

This story was submitted by Union County High School


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