Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dystopian Immersion

Our dystopian group already has some great ideas for our group teach project!  We developed a rough outline in class on Wednesday night and divvied out some responsibilities.  We’re trying to create ways to immerse the class in a dystopian world. 

Usually, I dread group projects because most people do not take their school work as seriously as I do, and if I want my group project to reflect the quality of work I'm used to producing, I end up doing the majority of the work.  It’s not going to be like that for this project because my lovely dystopia group-mates are as enthusiastic as I am about it.  As we brainstormed ideas, we took each other’s ideas and made them stronger.  I can see how collaborative teaching could be a rewarding and refreshing experience. 

We’re planning to have all of our dystopian books read by next Wednesday, when we will meet again before class for more planning. 


Becky said...

Aww, I feel the same way about our "lovely dystopia group-mates!" I agree that we have a really pleasant, constructive and focused group dynamic. I also have been where you have been, where I am the only one contributing to the group and getting work done on these kinds of projects. Usually I just say, Well at least I'm getting a good grade on it! and am content to do all the work myself. But it isn't like that and it is nice because we are a group of dedicated teachers and teachers-to-be! Can't wait for the meeting on Wednesday - I'm sure we will each have something good to bring to the table!

Noelle Buckman said...

It is good to hear that you like your group mates! It is very important to have a group of people to work with that you can rely on and not have to stress out about. I agree with you, I can also see how collaborative teaching can be a rewarding and refreshing experience. I would be freaked out if I had to do something like this on my own. I like having a group to get ideas from and ask questions. I have learned so much from the experience itself and also from my group members. It is definitely something that was worth doing. I am excited for your group teach. Good luck!

Heather said...

I can agree. I feel like some groups I have been involved in share similar problems. I used to be the "smart person" in high school that paid attention and had to help carry the group if they needed guidance. I felt like I was the only person that cared. I feel completely different right in my group teach. For example, we planned last minute to meet at 9:30am on Friday. Every group member made it to the meeting which is outstanding considering we didn't make the meeting time official until about midnight. If the each group member has passion for the subject things run smoothy and I think this is what is happening for my group. :)

Bethany said...

I, too, can really see how collaborative teaching could be beneficial. I mean, I would not always want to do it, but it is cool/fun to work with other teachers. I also do not always love group projects but I've really liked working with my group members this time. I do not know if it has to do with us all being future teachers or just that we like the content we're working with, but it has been an enjoyable, but sometimes stressful, experience. Good luck with the rest of your planning!