Not always easy What challenges have you had when working in a team or group?
Be PRESENT Respect others time Be on time to meetings Be THERE…not distracted by other classes or situations going on Participate Contribute Pay ATTENTION to what is being said to you* Stay on topic
Choose wisely If you are given the chance to choose groups, choose wisely. You may feel some pressure to choose certain people, but: your choice of team members should revolve around who has the right skills and who has the motivation to excel in the team assignment.
Your Team Get to know your team members. What kinds of activities are they involved in? What are there favorite or best subjects?
Contacts Write down everyone’s contact info- phone numbers, email addresses, IM screen names other important pieces of data, such as class, activity and work schedules, and best times to meet. Create a master list with all the key information and email it to each team member.
Choose or agree on a leader. Every groups needs a leader to be the key point. Make sure to choose someone you can count on, who will be supportive and kind but get the job done and do their part.
Identify the team strengths. Some people are better writers while others are brilliant at researching, Some love to make presentations, while others would rather design the presentation (but not partake in it). Once you have identified each other's strengths, divide the critical tasks according to abilities and interests.
Don't Monopolize Conversations. Even if you think you have the best ideas -- or even if you are the best student in your group, do not monopolize the team meetings. The best teams are the ones in which team members collaborate -- and share ideas and decisions. Some members who are shy or introverted will not speak up if you don't stop talking. Remember YES AND!
Be flexible Group projects are ALWAYS a compromise of ideas, so you should go into these situations with the idea that even if you have a brilliant idea for the project, it might not be chosen by your team. The key here is accepting the idea and moving forward with whatever decisions the team makes -- and fully supporting those efforts. Remember YES AND!
Slackers It’s true, teams have social loafers -- slackers -- that will not complete their tasks. If you are the team leader, one of your key roles is making certain everyone in the team is completing their assigned tasks. Use peer pressure -–the power of the entire team to motivate them to work equally.
If all else fails, let your teacher know: Show the teacher the list of who was responsible for what and what you have done to get the other person to do their work. Make sure to communicate to your teacher that you have tried everything else and you need their help. Be professional, don’t whine or use it as an excuse that your group failed to get the work done.
Presentation Time When it’s time to present Practice Don’t memorize – don’t recite – just speak! Instead of having notecards with your speech on it, try having leading questions about your topic TRUST YOURSELF. You KNOW your topic! It’s much more entertaining AND interesting to hear someone speak instead of recite