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Introduction I 7 Using This Book 1 Be Respectful and Professional 2 Encourage Others 3 Appreciate the Lives of Others 4 Take Care of Yourself 5 Don’t Gossip 6 Share Your Talents 7 Be a Problem Solver 8 Arrive on Time 9 Get Organized and Return Things You Borrow 10 Don’t Judge Others I I How a Team Functions Different team positions come with different responsibilities and accountability, but all the positions on your team are equally impor- tant. Working well with other adults positively affects the quality of care and education of the children. Good teamwork starts with your conscious decision to do your best regardless of how others perform. becoming a team player Becoming a Team Player consists of ten simple yet powerful steps to help you assess your current attitude as a team player and learn ways to improve your interactions with other team members. Whether tomorrow is your first day on the job or you’ve been teaching for twenty years, everyone can use a little help when it comes to working more effectively with other adults. If you work at an early childhood program full-time, you spend more time with the people at work than you do with members of your own family. Don’t chil- dren deserve to be surrounded by adults who are committed to making their team, or work family, as strong and functional and loving as it can be? Of course. Check out the sections below and look for ways that you and the oth- ers in your program can be a winning team.