How to improve group work
Teachers now emphasize to assign the work in a group to check the skills and potential of the students to work within a group and to check their performance in the group. Moreover, teachers also want to know whether the students can perform in a team or become a free rider. Teachers are very smart; they know how to access the performance or contribution of each student in the project or work.
Faculty take many steps to get students involved in a group tasks such as group assignments. Moreover, teachers want students to perform better within a group to provide the quality work, better than they can individually do. In addition, group work also helps students to clear their concepts and improve their understanding. Teachers also want the students to learn how to work with others productively. Teachers’ needs improvement in the understanding of students, therefore, they use to assign difficult and group tasks to the students.
Before the task is set out or groups are formed, teachers should clearly state what is the reason to assign the particular task in the group. You should emphasize the importance of teamwork. Most of students do not know how to work in a group very effectively. Earn online resources, handouts and discussion in class, the teacher should talk about the responsibilities that each members have in the group. Moreover, they should talk about what each member has the right to expect from their other group members. Teachers should tell the strategies so that students can easily work in a team or group.
In order to build the cohesive groups, teachers should use the team building exercises. Obviously, before starting any task in a group, each member will need a chance to get to know other group members as well. They should encourage sharing their opinion about how they would like to work in a group. Things like the name of the group and a logo can help to create an identity for the group; it will help to fulfil the commitments that group members’ needs from other members in order to get success.
Many students like to form groups on their own and in some research, it is concluded that these groups are more productive that the groups make by teachers or forcefully. Many other studies revealed that group members of self-made groups enjoy the experience of working together, but they do not get a lot from it. People do not get the option to choose their partners of a project in most professional context. If teachers want to know how students work with other students to whom they do not know then teachers themselves should form the groups. The groups should be formed in such a way that it helps to learn and achieve goals.
Teachers should make the goal clear to the students and make the workload reasonable. The task can be larger than expectations of students. It might also possible that students that workload is more than an individual can complete. Whatever the task is the objective and goal of the teachers should be clear.