Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students explore the benefits and challenges of teamwork. They begin by reflecting on their experiences of positive and challenging teamwork experiences. They then explore how the Global Problems Solvers team is made up of people with different skills and personal qualities, and they reflect on how or why these differences are important or valuable to teams. Students then think about their own skills or personal qualities and how these might be important or valuable to teams. Finally, they work collaboratively to reflect on some of the challenges that are common to teamwork and develop a set of teamwork guidelines for overcoming these challenges that can be used throughout the rest of this unit for any group activities.

These lessons have been developed in partnership with Cisco. Cisco believes that our future will be defined by global problem solvers – global citizens ready to thrive in a connected and digital future by thinking like entrepreneurs, innovating like technologists, and acting as agents of social change.

Learning intention:

  • Students recognise the range of personal qualities and skills that are important and valuable when working in teams
  • Students understand the benefits and challenges associated with working in teams
  • Students recognise some of the ways these challenges can be overcome.

21st century skills: 

   CommunicatingSocial SkillsTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 5 HASS

  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI102)
  • Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI104)

Year 6 HASS

  • Work in groups to generate responses to issues and challenges (ACHASSI130)
  • Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effects (ACHASSI132)

Syllabus outcomes: GE3-4

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability.

Relevant parts of Year 5 HASS achievement standards: Students work with others to generate alternative responses to an issue or challenge and reflect on their learning to independently propose action.

Relevant parts of Year 6 HASS achievement standards: Students collaboratively reflect on their learning to propose action in response to an issue or challenge.

Topic: Enterprise Learning. 

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Cisco Global Problem Solvers – HASS – Years 5 & 6

Time required: 60 minutes.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in guided discussion, facilitate group activities.

Resources required:

Background Information – Season 2 factsheet, Group Roles

  • Student Worksheet – one copy per student
  • Device capable of presenting a website to the class
  • Paper and pens/pencils

Keywords: Global Problem Solvers, team work, guidelines, personal skills and qualities.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will…

  • … recognise the range of personal qualities and skills that are important and valuable when working in teams
  • ... understand the benefits and challenges associated with working in teams
  • ... recognise some of the ways these challenges can be overcome.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … work individually and collaboratively
  • … participate in class and group discussions
  • … generate and communicate solutions
  • … think critically about working collaboratively.

Teacher content information: The Global Problem Solvers are a team of teenage superheroes taking on our world's toughest problems. Developed by Cisco, this animated series supports your students through the steps of becoming problem solving superheroes. The series uses real world problems to support students in identifying and solving problems, in thinking about how technology can be used to solve seemingly intractable problems, and in recognising opportuniti

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" - Helen Keller

Activating Prior Knowledge

Work independently to complete to the following:

Think of a time when you participated in a group task that went really well. Think of at least five keywords that describe how you felt about this experience.

Think of a time when you participated in a group task that was challenging. Think of at least five keywords that describe how you felt about this experience.

The GPS Team

Putri is a team builder. Why is this an important role? And what personal skills and qualities might you need to be an effective team builder?

What skills or personal qualities does Beela have? Can you describe this skill or quality? Why might this skill or quality be important to a team?

What skills or personal qualities does Adrien have? Can you describe this skill or quality? Why might this skill or quality be important to a team? 

What skills or personal qualities does Satoshi h

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