In these writing-intensive sections, there are 21 students. In the first week of the term, I will divide these 21 students into Study Groups of 5-6 people each. These groups will have 3 main tasks:
Be assured that I will do my best to be sure that the members of all the groups work well with one another. Being able to work successfully in a small group is a skill that you will find very valuable outside college. Here are a few hints to creating a group that works well together:
Conduct the group's business as a democracy, but one in which each person has distinct tasks.
Decide who will be the chairperson of your group. Then be willing to give or take orders accordingly. But as a democracy, disagree openly with one another. Don't suffer in silence.
Cooperation is key. Make decisions as a group about what to do. Do not decide to do something that makes one member very uncomfortable. Then do your job. Don't disappoint your friends by not showing up, or showing up late, or coming unprepared.
When preparing for the two group presentations, keep in touch regularly, at least once a week, with everyone in the group till the work is done.
Should there be any trouble within a group that you cannot resolve, let me know right away so that we can find a good solution.