This week we focused on Habit 6: Synergy. I found some classroom posters that I felt did a really good job of describing the meaning of this habit--"I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I seek out other people’s ideas because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone."
For our activity this week, each student was given an equal number of Legos and instructed to build the tallest tower that they could within 5 minutes. The tower had to be stable enough to remain standing as we measured each one. The students did a great job of building towers independently. Some students decided to build shorter towers with increased stability, others discovered that when they placed the Legos together sideways without joining them together, the tower became much taller, but not as stable.
Next the students were given more time to silently work as a team at their table to see how big they could make their tower using everyone's Legos, but without talking. Once the time was up and these towers were complete, we measured again noting how much larger the towers were this time due to the increased resources and strengths of the classmates working together. Following this group experience, we spent some time processing how the group members worked together and strengths that they observed in their team.
Finally, one class asked if we could use each groups Legos to attempt to create an even bigger tower. Each group nominated a builder. All 6 builders brought their tower to the rug and assembled a gigantic tower. The tower created by the class was over 7 feet tall!
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."