Teamwork Isn't Easy

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Last week, my students came face to face with an undeniable fact…. teamwork isn’t easy. Now, these students have been incredible until the day in question in the maturity and flexibility they have shown while working on their project.  Guess what? They are human, and had a bit of a communication breakdown.

I’ll let them speak for themselves on the topic of collaboration…

Today was hard  our team fell apart. We leaned something special  today be kind to team talk it out first. Don’t  fight  about  it. When your team falls apart read my blog and learn what we leaned today.

Abby C.

Today we learned that working in a group is not as easy as it sounds, at all! We decided to work on our presentation and we got pretty much no where so we stopped and we will continue tomorrow.

– Tuscany S.

Most of the time its easy to work with friends, but not always with me. I’m a VERY emotional girl, and very sensitive. But when working with others I tend to want to do a certain part by myself, which, doesn’t always happen. Today we ran into a few problems with our PBL, and most of us did some pretty stupid things and most of us vented into a chat box, which hurt people more than was intended.

– Emily C.

I was impressed with their level of self-awareness and ability to reflect honestly on the experience. ((I’m sure they’d love to hear from you… their names are linked to their posts.))

What's in a Name?

please bear with me while I find my little niche in this community…… new name, coming up soon! (Actually, I almost changed the title to something like “in process”… which really does convey much of what I want to say- I’m still learning, growing, and thinking.)

My original intention for this blog was to create an online digital portfolio to record what I’m learning, reading, and doing in my current position as an Elementary Technology Facilitator. My hope was that it would make it easier for a future employer to take a ‘chance’ on hiring me as an Alternative Teacher Candidate within their school.

However, I would much prefer to carry on a discussion with other educators through blog posts, comments, and Twitter. Today, I responded to Kelly Tenkley’s (of iLearn Technology) call for additions to her blogging alliance. And as with all things, this will require change on my part. Not so much in my consumption practices- I’m an avid Twitterer and blog reader, but in my sharing practices- more conversation and reflection on my own blog and through Twitter.

Which brings me to my current dilemma…. what to name this thing! I see names that range from the simple, Bud the Teacher, for example, to the very fun, iLearn Technology, to the more profound, Speed of Creativity.

So, please bear with me while I find my little niche in this community…… new name, coming up soon!  (Actually, I almost changed the title to something like “in process”… which really does convey much of what I want to say- I’m still learning, growing, and thinking.)