[Design and Technology] Re: team work U2 year 11.

Heather Aeschlimann aeschlimann.heather.j at edumail.vic.gov.au
Mon Aug 18 12:36:39 EST 2008

I do not like unit 2 as I find group work tends to reward the lazy students
and over burden the better ones. My teams designed a set of furniture and
each member makes their own piece out of the set. Still a lot to do in 1
Cheers, Heather 

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[mailto:destech-bounces at edulists.com.au] On Behalf Of Frank Burgers
Sent: Friday, 15 August 2008 4:14 PM
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Subject: [Design and Technology] Re: team work U2 year 11.

Hello to all.

I'd be interested to hear feedback in regard to success or otherwise with
the student design team work in Unit 2. Unfortunately I am at a small school
and my clientel, nine of them, are not all terribly motivated to achieve in
Design and Technology. In fact, out if the nine only one kid is genuinly
interested in the subject. I've put them in 3 teams; in one team none of
them wish to achieve; they are kept at school by their family against their
wishes. Team 2 has medium capacity, they'll do their work if I insist hard
enough and some of it is not too bad. Team 3; one kid wants to achieve, one
kid couldn't care less and the other just wants to pass but is capable. The
guy who wants to achieve feels he is being held back by the rest of his team
who can't get their act together. I advised him to get into production
independendly and that I may have to give him extra credit considering he
has done most of the work in his team. Are other teachers/schools
experiencing these sort of difficulties?

(Not to mention that this class runs in conjunction with a small (2
students) piggy back year 12 U3/4 class.)

Feed back appreciated.

Frank Burgers
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