I know that I haven’t been very active on twitter or the blog and I apologize, all the typing that I do ends up on papers, lesson plans, and reflections. I have been having to do a lot of group work lately in partnership which has been very interesting.
The topic of group work always comes up in discussions in my classes. I personally dislike group work where students grades directly reflect from the group. While group participation is important I don’t think its fair to assess students based off other students behaviors and work ethic.
To this day I still work in group work with my fellow partnershippers. While the colloboration is helpful, it’s frustrating to have to rely on other people to help you complete assignments. Being able to work in a group is an essential skill to have when looking for a job no matter what field. This makes me feel like I always need to pick up the slack.
My advice? Talk to your teachers/professors right away if there is a group issue, the sooner they are aware the sooner they will understand and start to see the whole picture. I don’t mean this in a way of tattling or not trying to work together, and urge the other group members to get their work in. Just communicate with everybody so nothing gets overlooked.
In the blue and white spirit,