Celebrate your successes. Celebrations allow teams to relax and unwind, and strengthen social bonds. They create space for self-reflection and mark team progress. Celebrations also give teams something to look forward to. Celebrations can be small (a round of congratulations at the end of a team meeting) or big (handing in that last team assignment of the semester).
The intensity of teamwork can be varied with celebrations, pulling teams forward with the lure of a special event, and slowing work down to pause and remark on a job well done. Build celebrations into work plans. Look for obvious celebratory events such as birthdays, cultural holidays, and transitions in the school year. Take advantage of unexpected moments such as a particularly great contribution from one of your teammates. Celebrating success creates focus, reinforces positive behaviours, and helps make successful behaviours stick.