One thing that I do not understand is why school has to be so full of group work. Working collaborately in a group is apparently supposed to improve some skills of compassion and collaboration.Bah, humbug!
What makes me really upset is when group work is something final which is assessed.
In a group one has to listen to other people’s ideas which in itself might not be a problem. However, group work turns into something very complicated if the people you are to work with are not on the same level as oneself or think in a very different way. When working alone it is so much easier to concentrate on the vision or idea one has and build on it. In a group you first have to convince your group that it is a good idea, then explain it to them and finally get them working on the same track. Or you need to take on someone else’s idea which is hard since you are not the person that came up with it.
The worst with group works is if you happen to be paired up with someone you know quite well. It is impossible to be friends and group workers together if one is ambitious and the other is not. If you know the person to preserve the friendship there will be no telling off. People will be grumpy and there will be no end of trouble.
When I was to have a group presentation with two of my closer friends it ended up in catastrophy. No one did any work apart from me and dragging that group along was terrible. I found most of the sources, everything was left to the last minute and we forgot to introduce our topic all together. Never again, is all I say. Terrible.
In a group work that is graded you yourself want to make a good impression to the listeners, you want the presentation to be clear and structured. Trying to structure with unstructured people does not work! The responability lies on no one and no one can be in charge since everyone is supposed to collaborate.
I am so glad that the group works are over. So, so glad (althought, that forgotten introduction bothers me immensly).