I have a love/hate relationship with group projects.
I like them because I get to talk to people, learn new things, work through problems, tackle issues, explore new ideas.
But I also dislike group projects because I lose control – of my grade, the thoughts, the work, most everything. So naturally, being the control freak that I am, I go insane. I make myself mad; I probably make other people mad.
So when group projects are necessary I do my best to think of these things.
- One person cannot bring down an entire group project. Why? Because of the very nature of a group project. It is made by a group not one person.
- Trusting others is a valuable, often painful, practice. Someone may not do the work exactly as you would have done it, but that’s why we have group projects to begin with. To see how other brains work and how that can help us.
- One bad grade is a reality, but not a disaster. Working dependently is hard because its unusual, and one might get a bad grade, but guess what, its not a tragedy.
- They are ultimately helpful. At least for me, I can always come out of it having found some good. For instance, I got to know someone I would not have talked originally. Or, I learned something new that somebody brought up that I had spent my whole life not knowing, as if!
- They are applicable to life. Most of our life is, and will be, spent around people and working with people. There is not much we can do about it. Might as well get used to it.
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