Transforming a Group Into A Team

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Transforming a Group into a team : 

Transforming a Group into a team By Nate Cunningham Based on work by Joan Richardson

Work : 

Work

Work : 

Work Professional Learning Communities don’t just happen because there is time set aside to meet Meetings must be intentional-focused on helping groups of teachers become a community of learners Make sure teachers know that Professional Learning Communities are a new name for team. Time must be set aside for team development and understanding the four stages of teaming Forming, storming, norming, and performing.

Not All Groups are Teams: How to tell the Difference : 

Not All Groups are Teams: How to tell the Difference

Not All Groups are Teams: How to tell the Difference : 

Not All Groups are Teams: How to tell the Difference

Forming : 

Forming

Forming : 

Forming It is the initial stage of teaming Members have high expectations Anxiety about how they fit in They test themselves and each other They depend on some authority or facilitator to create a structure for them. They are likely to be: Polite, impersonal, watchful, and guarded in their behavior

Storming : 

Storming

Storming : 

Storming Conflict characterizes the second stage Group members rebel against each other and authority Storming behaviors are individual’s response to being influenced by the group and the work required They may opt out of the process or compete with other group members for power and attention.

Norming : 

Norming

Norming : 

Norming If groups can resolve their differences they move to the third stage. Group members have overcome their feelings of resistance They begin to feel they are a cohesive group Harmony, trust, and support develop The group begins to develop skills and agree on procedures for doing the work They confront issues represented by their work, not other individuals.

Performing : 

Performing

Performing : 

Performing If the group can persist they arrive at the fourth and final stage. They become a team and not a group They work collaboratively and interdependently Share leadership Perform at high levels They become flexible and resourceful and close and supportive.

The Journey : 

The Journey

The Journey : 

The Journey Groups may spend different amounts of time at each stage. They may move through them in a different sequence but each group will experience each stage Teams need to know the stages that they will go through. It makes them feel better to know that conflict is natural

References : 

References Richardson, Joan. "Transforming your Group into a Team." Tools for Schools 9.2 (2005): 1-3. Alleman, Glen. “Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing” www.niwotridge.com/PDFs/FormStormNormPerform.pdf