Team Choice Elements
Side Trips
Goals
• Know that Team Challenge is comprised of the Central
Challenge and 2 Team Choice Elements
• Locate helpful information about Team Choice Elements in
the Rules of the Road
• Understand how Team Choice Elements contribute to the
Team Challenge solution and how they are scored
• Understand how Team Choice Elements can contribute to
the Instant Challenge solution
• Use the Team Choice Elements Specialties Inventory to
identify strengths of the team members and the team as a
whole
Team Choice Elements
• Team Choice Elements give your team a chance to really
show off your specialties!
• Specialties are the skills, talents, interests, and areas of
strength of your team.
• Your team may create anything they wish for Team
Choice Elements.
Team Choice Elements
60 Points or 15%
What to choose
• Your team must create two Team Choice
Elements, each worth 30 points, and present
them as part of your team’s Presentation.
• Team Choice Elements should have a meaningful
connection to the team’s Central Challenge
solution
Team Choice Elements
Specialty Inventory
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Refer to Team Manager’s Guide & Rules of the Road
Complete Individual Specialties Inventory
Complete Individual Specialties Tally Sheet
Circle 2 or 3 specialties with highest score
Small Group – Complete Team Specialties Tally
Sheet
4/10/2015
Individual Specialties Tally Sheet
A. Linguistic intelligence involves sensitivity to spoken and written language,
the ability to learn languages, and the capacity to use language to
accomplish certain goals. This intelligence includes the ability to effectively
use language to express oneself rhetorically or poetically; and language as
a means to remember information. Writers, poets, lawyers and speakers
are among those that Howard Gardner sees as having high linguistic
intelligence.
B. Logical-mathematical intelligence consists of the capacity to analyse
problems logically, carry out mathematical operations, and investigate
issues scientifically. In Howard Gardner's words, in entails the ability to
detect patterns, reason deductively and think logically. This intelligence is
most often associated with scientific and mathematical thinking.
C. Musical intelligence involves skill in the performance, composition, and
appreciation of musical patterns. It encompasses the capacity to recognize
and compose musical pitches, tones, and rhythms. According to Howard
Gardner musical intelligence runs in an almost structural parallel to
linguistic intelligence.
Individual Specialties Tally Sheet
D. Bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence entails the potential of using one's whole
body or parts of the body to solve problems. It is the ability to use mental
abilities to coordinate bodily movements. Howard Gardner sees mental and
physical activity as related.
E. Visual and Spatial intelligence involves the potential to recognize and use
the patterns of wide space and more confined areas.
F. Interpersonal intelligence is concerned with the capacity to understand the
intentions, motivations and desires of other people. It allows people to work
effectively with others. Educators, salespeople, religious and political leaders
and counsellors all need a well-developed interpersonal intelligence.
G. Intrapersonal intelligence entails the capacity to understand oneself, to
appreciate one's feelings, fears and motivations. In Howard Gardner's view it
involves having an effective working model of ourselves, and to be able to use
such information to regulate our lives.
H. Nature and Environment entails the capacity to understand nature and the
environment
Team Specialties Tally Sheet
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Evaluation of Team Choice Element
is subjective..
• Each Team Choice Element will be evaluated in
three ways:
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for the Creativity and Originality of the Team Choice
Element;
for the Quality, Workmanship, and/or Effort that is
evident;
and for the Integration of the Team Choice Element into
the Presentation
• Please note that no Team Choice Elements are required
for the improvisational Challenge, News to Me
Evaluation
• Each Team Choice Element must be capable of being
evaluated as a standalone item.
• Appraisers must be able to quickly and easily identify
your team’s Team Choice Elements.
• The way in which the Team Choice Elements are written
on the Tournament Data Form is very important.
Example
Tournament Data Form
Part Two: Brief Description of Team Choice Elements
Team Choice Element 1 : what is your Team Choice Element?
…Continually Rhyming everything that is said throughout the performance.
Please write a brief description of your Team Choice Element.
Make sure that Appraisers know exactly what you want them to evaluate. What
would you like them to know about the Team Choice Element?
…Every character Rhymes throughout the entire play, but each has a different
style of Rhyming. The Doctor Rhymes and talks like he is Dr. Seuss. “CheMo”
Rhymes with the use of Rap. Cancer 1 and Cancer 2 Rhyme in sync with each
other. Lance Rhymes with the same sound ending each complete verse.
Tournament Data Form
Team Choice Element 2 : what is your Team Choice Element?
…The face makeup on Cancer 1 and Cancer 2…
Please write a brief description of your Team Choice Element.
Make sure that Appraisers know exactly what you want them to
evaluate. What would you like them to know about the Team
Choice Element?
…Cancer 1 and Cancer 2 are mimicking Walt Disney’s
Siamese's cats and wanted their makeup to help portray that
feeling. Cancer 1 researched the makeup of the musical “Cats”
and has recreated her version not only on Cancer 2 but on
herself as well…
A Team Choice Element could include more than one
specific item
• For example, the team has written Flamenco music,
choreographed a Flamenco dance and designed and created a
Flamenco dance costume for a character.
• The team wants all of these items (original Flamenco music, dance
and costume) evaluated as one Team Choice Element.
• As long as these items are not being specifically scored elsewhere
in the Team Challenge, the team can list these items on the
Tournament Data Form to be scored as a Team Choice Element.
• However, keep in mind if one of the aspects of the Flamenco items
is not as strong as the other parts of it, it could affect the Team
Choice Element.
What to choose?
• A Team Choice Element may be presented at the same
time as another Team Choice Element only if both can
be easily identified and scored separately.
• For example, a team might choose to present two Team
Choice Elements in the form of an original dance set to a
piece of original music. Both Team Choice Elements (the
dance and the music) can be easily identified and
evaluated as separate items.
Make it Unique!
A Team Choice Element may not be a specific item
that is required in the Central Challenge that is
already being evaluated.
A Team Choice Element may be a single unique
part of a required item, as long as an Appraiser
can identify it by itself
Examples
A “vehicle” is a required scoring item in the Central Challenge. The
team may not list the entire vehicle as a Team Choice Element.
However, the side of the vehicle might feature artwork painted by the
team. The team may ask that the artwork on the vehicle be evaluated
separately as a Team Choice Element
The same vehicle is being scored for overall technical design. A
team may ask that a specific design element, such as the
vehicle’s braking or steering system, be evaluated separately as
a Team Choice Element.
Examples
The same vehicle is being scored for overall technical design. A
team may ask that a specific design element, such as the
vehicle’s braking or steering system, be evaluated separately as
a Team Choice Element.
Back drop/Scenery
A Challenge may require a piece of scenery. The team creates a
backdrop of a kitchen to fulfill its scenery requirement. For one of its
Team Choice Elements, the team creates a working mechanical clock
on the wall of the kitchen scenery. The clock is part of the scenery and
is evaluated as part of the scenery, and it can also be easily identified
and evaluated as a stand-alone item for a Team Choice Element.
The Team Manager’s Job Is to Help
Team Members
• Recognize that together, team members possess a unique
combination of interests, talents, strengths and skills
• Discover and respect the individuality of one another
• Celebrate diversity
• Learn to value and utilize the wide variety of abilities and
interests on the team
• Figure out ways the TEAM is unique and exceptional
• Design Side Trips that showcase those unique and exceptional
intelligences of the TEAM and all team members
• Help the team practice writing clear instructions as to what is
actually to be evaluated in practice Side Trips or situations
Time Management
• Do Not wait until the last minute for your team
to decide on their Team Choice Elements!
• They should keep them in mind as they
develop their Central Challenge.
• 60 Points or 15% of their overall score is from
the Team Choice make sure they look for the
best element to choose.