December 23, 2014
It is a joy for us to provide opportunities for our staff to learn and develop personally. In the school, for example, we are not only interested in the education of the children, but in the continued development of their teachers. Due to the Plateau’s isolated location, the teacher’s do not have access to classes and seminars for their own interests like they would in the cities.
So, Jeff upped the ante a bit….
Despite some failure to remain “straight as a board,” the teachers had a great time and were able to pull some insights out of their experience.
As a second activity, the teachers were required to disentangle themselves out of a human knot…
Hopefully, they were able to internalize the value of communication, patience, helping one another, and—as teacher Obed repeatedly pointed out—common sense.
It took a few tries to get it right. Then, their challenge became to do it in a diminishing time frame—first reaching goals set by themselves, then aiming for a time goal set by Jeff. Their toughest goal was 40 seconds.
There were also, of course, negative attributes that emerged as well. Some were very defensive when they made a mistake. Some had a negative attitude. Some complained; some blamed.
Once the activity was completed, everyone sat down and discussed the things they had observed—the important components of successful teamwork; the qualities they saw emerge in one another; even the question of who may have been the weakest link, based on overall attitude and contribution to the team!
These quality times with our staff are invaluable. Not only do they offer opportunities for our employees to grow and improve personally, but they demonstrate that we care about them and who they are.
Thank you Pine Grove, for investing in our staff!