Are you concerned about how your class is behaving when it comes to working in a group? If you're tired of dealing with endless conflict and witnessing instances of pecking order in your classroom, perhaps a youth team building seminar is in order. Here are a few ways this seminar can benefit both you and your students.

How does youth team building work? Great for children and teens of all ages, it's a seminar in which the team learns to think and behave in a group. The games, discussions, and activities involved disguise learning as play as students learn the value of teamwork.


What sort of activities go on at youth team building seminars? Most begin with something known as an ice breaker session. This allows students to introduce themselves, find common ground through discussions, and play a few easy, warm-up team building games such as call and response games or the human knot. The person running the seminar will also take this time to explain the basic mission statement of her lesson plan.


Once the group is nicely acquainted with how the rest of the seminar will go, there are many fun activities that can occur. Physical youth team building games are very common. These include group tag, relay races, crack the whip, group blind man's bluff, scavenger hunts, catching games, and more. These games do more than just energize and excite students—it also teaches them basic concepts of teamwork, leadership, role assigning, communication, thinking on their feet, and more.


Verbal and mental youth team building games are also very common. These include games such as telephone, memory games, optical illusions, name games, what-if scenarios, singing games, and more. These games are more suited to introducing concepts of empathy, discussion, critical thinking, public speaking, and others. They also serve as a good way to get students settled down and end the session on a positive note.


Keep in mind that inevitable accidents and conflicts do occur. If this happens, simply stay calm and halt all activities. Avoid singling out any single person and refuse to listen to any excuses blaming any individual. Instead, lead a discussion on what went wrong and how, as a group, they can improve on things. This teaches them to make the most out of a bad situation rather than simply pointing fingers.


With this in mind, it's easy to see why youth team building games are actually quite useful for helping them to learn to work as a team both at school and in other social situations. Furthermore, as your students learn more about these concepts, they will be able to carry these lessons with them to college and even in the workforce. Learn more today!