December POWerful Word – COOPERATION – Week 2

Today let’s talk about some cooperation skills that we need to use– especially if we want to be a leader. It’s funny, many people think about “turn-taking” as something little kids need to learn how to do but as leaders, cooperative turn-taking is vital to teamwork, academic learning, communication, driving patterns and more. Think of the activities you do during the day– when do you, your peers or the key adults in your life have to take turns (i.e. asking questions in school, in sports, talking to parent)? Another important cooperation skill is listening. Can we hear what someone else is saying if we are talking at the same time? How do you know when someone is listening to you? How can listening help us to cooperate (i.e. convey wants/needs, etc)? Finally, cooperation helps us to “delegate.” Have you ever heard that word before? It means that you figure out the jobs that need to be done and each person gets one of those jobs. So if we were decorating for the holidays, what might be the jobs we need to delegate? Cooperation is working together towards a common goal! One task…MANY HANDS! (repeat!)

If you have time: When do adults have to take turns (i.e. traffic, lines)? How do your teachers cooperate?