Communicating – Den Building Task

Group and Leadership

There was no group leader chosen, instead we all had a different role within the team. We all got along well so there was no issues and no one was excluded. However, we had very limited material as the other groups had taken most of it, therefore, we had to problem solve and use the natural resources e.g. sticks/branches.



I think all explanations given were clear as all members of the group had the same idea of what the den should look like. Therefore, we all had the same end goal which made us work more efficiently.

In my opinion we did not plan. We started to build the den and just sort of ‘winged it’ in the hopes that it would work out. This led to a few issues e.g. the roof of the den ended up collapsing as the branch was not strong enough to hold the materials.



The environment changes the formality of a situation e.g. the workshop felt very informal and more enjoyable.

In order to communicate effectively outdoors you have to make changes e.g. instructions have to be clear because there is a larger risk to health and safety, the volume may differ (could be louder because larger space, or quieter to prevent disruption to the environment and others who may be there).

Transitioning from communicating indoors to communicating outdoors was not an issue for my group. However, as a developing student teacher I am aware that this may not always be the case, I am now aware of strategies that I can use in order to communicate effectively with a class outdoors. E.g. standing against a wall with the children in front to shield my voice and also prevent any distractions.

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