BFA Middle School Community Groups: Building TEAM Collaboration Skills

Target 3Flexible Learning Environments. FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings

Indicator of Success  – Students are engaged in answering authentic questions and solving problems in collaborative settings.

“The young people today are the 21st century.”
~ Martin Scorsese

BFA Middle School has a strong tradition of following best practice for middle level education. A key part of that best practice is a strong student advisory program, or as it is called at BFA – a community group. Community groups ensure that BFA Middle School students receive high-quality guidance and advisement by providing students with a personal connection to an adult within the building.

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Students are placed in multi-age groups with an advisor for their three years in the middle school. The groups meet once a week to learn important skills such as collaboration, communication, and problem-solving.They also explore issues relevant to young adolescents as they learn to work together.

Many times during the year, a particular challenge is put out to all of the groups. The challenges are fun and engaging, but they also seek to help students acquire and/or practice a skill. One such activity took place last week in Mrs. Wills’ Community Group.

teambuilding aStudents were provided basic materials (newspaper and tape) and were challenged to build the largest free-standing tower in teams. The challenge not only helped them with a few of the skills mentioned above, it also allowed them to build a team and to have a little fun.


“Community Groups are so important for students and for our school. They keep us focused and provide a true sense of school and community”  – Tom Walsh, BFA MS Principal.

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