[Design and Technology] Re: destech Digest, Vol 42, Issue 9

John Doubleday john at southcom.com.au
Mon Aug 18 15:45:29 EST 2008

Re: team work U2 year 11.

I really enjoy team work projects but for team work to 'work' with teenagers the majority should want to do the activities. This sometimes needs some planning or giving some of the control to the students to begin with, but if you let the class 'team' decide (which you can be manipulated) ....the group takes ownership and there is not so much rebellion.  Projects that have worked in the past for me are: a really funky stool (done in a production line style) Mirrors, boxes. I would also like to do a big school project..... build a giant contemporary sundial (as a monument of that classes time at school)
Lots of ideas...so little time!!

At 12:00 PM 18/08/2008, you wrote:
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>We have 16 students following Unit 2. We have set projects that will help the department ie display units, different aspects of storage. The students work in groups of 3. they are not overly happy with this unit, they would prefer to work on something individual for themselves. 
>Ian Daniels 
>Design Technology Team Leader
>Kardinia International College
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>From: destech-bounces at edulists.com.au on behalf of Frank Burgers
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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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