At first, everyone’s objective was simply to rest and recover by Subic’s coastline after a week-long intense training. However, they came out of the event not only rejuvenated but having also experienced personal development and a clear appreciation of the value of team work. Activities started off with creating a fully energized team cheer, and were followed by several thrilling relays that fostered not only trust but also team work and excellence.
Throughout the activities, the teachers were able to acknowledge individual strengths that are recognized by oneself and others; establish positive team culture; promote confidence, trust, and a good relationship with one another; and show their appreciation for one another. During break time, the teachers were led into a reflective activity by creating a picture that symbolizes their role as teachers.
One team drew a candle with each drop of the candle wax reflecting a tall light, that is the teacher’s energy which is being well spent on each student. Another drew a ship with the captain being the teacher and with analogies as to the roles and relationships a teacher must nurture. A team also drew a mango tree where its roots symbolize a teacher capable of producing wonderful fruits within each student.
Another activity involved the acronym LEARN, where the PAL team led the teachers on a personal reflection on what it means to be a (L)eader, be (E)mpathetic, be (A)ctive, be in a (R)elationsip, and be (N)urturing.
Among the feedback of participants: “Thank you for the wonderful and unforgettable experience. Nag-enjoy po kami sobra, especially the last game. Namaos ako sa kasisigaw sa ka-team ko na bilisan nila kahit talo kami in the end. Ang saya-saya. Kudos to the sponsor and management: TYKFI, more power.”
St. Teresita’s Academy Principal Marcelina Dalay said, “I also thank the PAL representatives for spearheading the team building activities for teachers. Thank you for the experience. The team building for teachers kindled and at the same time uncovered one’s hidden capability, talent, and skills for better results. Of course the team building activities promoted stronger camaraderie and animated better friendship of the 18 participating schools. The LEARN activity made teachers realize how they could be of better service to the learners or to their students and inspire them as they keep them on the right track in the attainment of their dreams in life.” n