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Great team-building activities- Toxic Waste Exercise

Scott Taylor Superintendent- Kenilworth Schools; Adjunct- Rutgers University

Healthy relationships are one of the keys to fostering positive school culture, so says Roland Barth (read his 1990 work Improving Schools From Within) and Michael Fullan (Leading in a Culture of Change). I do my part to bring teachers together by incorporating team-building activities into my faculty meetings, workshops, and curriculum writing sessions.

One such activity is the Toxic Waste Exercise. I participated in this team-building activity with colleagues in Little Silver when I was a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and quickly sought to facilitate it in my current district because it so effectively brought us all together to solve a fictional problem. Materials can be purchased from The Wilderdom Store. Go to the following link to read a full description of the task:

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