11 Fun, Creative, and Challenging Team Building Activities for Teachers and Students
This school year is going to look a bit different but team building activities for teachers and students are still a fun way to stay connected.
- Team Building Activities for Teachers
- Team Building Activities for Students
- Team Building Activities for Frosh Week
With a new school year right around the corner, some big changes are coming with it. In many major cities across North America, schools are moving to a fully remote curriculum. In others, new physical distancing measures are being implemented.
As a result, a heavy toll is being taken one of the most important parts of the school experience: socialization and engagement with peers.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected, have fun, and come together while staying apart.
We dug into our archives to share with you our most popular team building activities for students and teachers (and a few other DIY-style favorites).
Team Building Activities for Teachers
Socialization at school isn’t only reserved for students. For many teachers, socializing with your colleagues is a truly enjoyable part of your job.
It also helps build better rapports between faculty members, in turn supporting a stronger overall school or higher education institution.
Check out these four popular team building activities for teachers.
You and your colleagues can take a pause from being educators and instead channel your inner detectives with this team building activity that challenges you to crack the case of a deadly crime.
When a man named Neil Davidson is found murdered, it’s up to you and your fellow teachers to break out into teams, examine clues, and review case files as you work to determine who had the means, motive, and opportunity to commit the crime.
This team building activity for teachers will challenge you to exercise your problem-solving skills, think analytically, collaborate closely, and communicate effectively.
And if your schools is one of those that will be going entirely remote this year, this activity is also available in a fully virtual format that uses video conferencing to host your entire team, regardless of where they’re located.
2. Code Break
Are you and your colleagues into cerebral activities? If so, you’ll love Code Break.
In this activity, you and your group will need to think outside the box, exercise your problem-solving skills, and leverage your unique strengths in order to solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and trivia questions.
For each challenge you solve correctly, you’ll earn points. And whichever team has the most points when time runs out will named winners.
The key to this activity is that you’ll need to communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and exercise your patience – making it a perfect activity to help hone some of your key skills as a teacher.
We also offer Code Break in a fully virtual format in case you and your colleagues can’t come together in person.
Curious how a virtual team building activity works? Check out the video below to see a Virtual Code Break in action.
3. Six Degrees of Separation
One of our favorite DIY team building activities for teachers, Six Degrees of Separation, is based on making a list of things you have in common with your fellow educators.
Here’s how it works:
- Pair up with one partner (if you’re doing this virtually, you might want to try a platform like Zoom that allows you to go into “breakout rooms” and chat with people one-on-one for a predetermined timeframe)
- Make a list of five things you have in common with each other
- Move on to a new partner, searching for somebody who shares at least one of the things on your list
- Create a new list of five things you have in common with that person
The ultimate goal is to continue until everyone has at least one thing in common with every one of their colleagues.
4. Team Pursuit
Calling all high-energy educators: if you’re up for a fun activity where you’ll tackle mental, physical, skill, and mystery challenges, we’ve got just the thing for you.
With Team Pursuit, your group will break into teams and compete for points by completing challenges before time runs out. Not only is this a great way to put your energy to good use, it can also help you and your colleagues to learn new things about one another, discover your hidden talents, and strengthen your collaboration skills – all while having fun.
You can either jump into this activity in person or opt to do it online with Virtual Team Pursuit.
Despite the impacts of COVID-19, we’ve seen a huge jump in the volume of schools and educators booking team building activities for teachers. So, if you think your group could benefit from some team building before the school year gets underway, get in touch with us.
Team Building Activities for Students
This year, the reality is that students might see a number of their favorite fun, school-sponsored activities get delayed, cancelled, or drastically altered.
And for them, this is going to be a huge bummer.
But whether you’re a student who wants to book something fun for you and your friends or the student of a parent with the same idea, we think you’ll love these four.
1. Newspaper Fashion Show
While this activity might cater more to art, design, and fashion students, it can also be a great way to have a laugh with your friends no matter what your interests are.
Here’s how it works:
- Split up into teams of six to eight people
- Set yourselves up with some newspaper, tape, and scissors
- Assign your group a time limit (we recommend 45 minutes)
- Design and create a clothing item out of newspaper
If you’re up for it, you could also designate one person per team to be the model and put on your own runway show. And if you ask us, this is a great way to kick off a party!
What’s more fun that having a trivia night with your friends? If you’re like us, you love the high-energy atmosphere that a good game of trivia creates.
And with Game Show Extravaganza, you can take this concept to a whole new level. You’ll get to channel your inner game show contestant and take the “stage” to face off against one another.
With your friends, you’ll break out into teams. Then, you’ll compete against other teams to answer trivia questions ranging from pop culture to sports, world history, politics, and more.
If you want to do this entirely on your own, you can try our self-hosted Game Show Extravaganza where you’ll only need our app and your group of friends to do the activity.
Or, if you want someone to host your event, you can also opt for our virtually hosted format if you’re in a city where social distancing is in effect.
If you love to get out into the great outdoors, explore, and have fun, then you’re going to love this.
One of our most popular team building activities for students, Wild Goose Chase, is a scavenger hunt that will get you outside to explore and tackle photo and video challenges with your friends.
Each challenge will be worth a certain amount of points. And for each challenge you complete, you’ll get to watch where you stand against other teams on a real-time leaderboard.
You might bump up against challenges like:
- Take the Stage: Search for a stage (or similar) and record a 5-second video of your team performing a popular song on stage
- If By Land or by Sea: In water or on land, in a slip or in a moat. Take a photo of your whole team standing in a boat or on a bridge above water
- Every Day I’m Jugglin’: Find a friend from another team who can juggle 3 or more objects and record a 5-second video of them in action
- You’ve Got Balls: Snap a photo with at least three different types of sports balls in it, somewhere outside in a public place such as a sports field or playground
Believe us when we say that this can get a little competitive!
Have you ever watched an episode of Shark Tank (or saw a version of the popular new Shark Tank meme) and thought you could get the Sharks to buy into an idea that you’ve got?
Well, if so, you’ll love this activity.
Whether you’re in a classroom setting or at a party with your friends, host your own episode of Shark Tank:
- Split up into teams
- Come up with a product, brand name, logo, and marketing strategy
- Present the idea to a “panel” of your friends
- Ask for feedback on your idea
This is a ton of fun – and also offers you the benefit of getting creative and working on your presentation and public speaking skills.
While things might look a little different for students for the next little while, you can still have a ton of fun if you think outside the box a little bit.
Team Building Activities for Frosh Week
Frosh week may be cancelled in many places but that doesn’t mean you can’t get together with your friends, either in person or virtually, to have some fun and celebrate responsibly anyway.
Check out these three awesome team building activities for frosh week.
This student-focused team building activity is an instant classic and a favorite among students from coast to coast.
Campus Goose Chase is just like Wild Goose Chase but it’s entirely focused on getting you out to explore your local campus, get out of your comfort zone, and have a ton of fun.
The challenges are also campus-themed, making it a perfect tie-in for your frosh week celebrations. It’s perfect for students who are social, energetic, and competitive.
If you love to get outside, you’re going to love Picnic Party Games. Our recommendation would be to pair this activity up with a BBQ or picnic to make it extra exciting.
In this activity, your group can split up into teams, pairs, or individuals. Together, you’ll compete through an array of fun and high-energy challenges, collecting points for each one you complete. You can make this as competitive or as light-hearted as you’d like.
Some of the challenges you might get include:
- Balancing Act: Have one teammate lay on the ground, place an uncapped bottle of water on their forehead, and record a 5-second video of them trying to stand up without spilling
- Photo Booth: Collect whatever props are available and stage a photo booth beach shoot in the park, then position the image of the beach scene in the shot and snap a creatively posed team photo
- Brain Freeze: Record a 5-second video of a teammate getting a brain freeze by drinking a cold bottle of water as quickly as possible.
- Head Rush: Snap a photo of a teammate doing an unassisted handstand or head stand.
This is a great way to take your outdoor time up a notch.
3. Pub Quiz
You don’t need to hang out in a pub for this activity, but you certainly can if you want and are able to (and if you’re old enough!).
The goal of this activity is to put on a trivia pub night. To do this:
- Pick a host
- The host asks multiple-choice trivia questions
- Teams have 60 seconds to discuss and agree on an answer
- The teams that get the right answer get a point while those who get it wrong get no points
Whoever has the most points when time is up wins.
You can use generic questions from a game like Trivial Pursuit, you can tie it back to course material if you want to use this activity to help study, or you can use an online tool like this Random Trivia Generator.
If you aren’t able to go to a pub, you can do this activity online using video conferencing tools.
Whether your school will be going virtual this year or you’ll be heading back to classes when the school year gets underway, one thing is for sure: staying connected during these challenging times is important for teachers and students alike. And with team building activities for teachers and students, you can make staying connected fun and easy.
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