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Character Counts

  1. 1. Character Counts Simple Observations from a High School Teacher
  2. 2. Group Dynamics <ul><li>The Moocher </li></ul><ul><li>The “Brain” </li></ul><ul><li>The Team Player </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Moocher <ul><li>I have observed approximately 25% of the students in each class exhibiting signs of mooching </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mooching includes the following characteristics: <ul><li>Letting others do most or all of the work. </li></ul><ul><li>Not taking personal responsibility for the project. </li></ul><ul><li>Wanting to get “something---a good grade---for nothing.” </li></ul><ul><li>A dependency on others without contributing much. </li></ul><ul><li>You often blame others, when you know you should be doing more (defensiveness). </li></ul>
  5. 5. Consequences of Mooching <ul><li>You learn little </li></ul><ul><li>Your skills develop at a much slower pace than those actually doing the work </li></ul><ul><li>You will do poorly on tests such as the CAHSEE that test this type of knowledge. Possibly not pass the CAHSEE and graduate with your peers. </li></ul><ul><li>You learn to depend on others instead of yourself. This can have life-long consequences. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Brain <ul><li>I have observed approximately 5% of the students in each class exhibiting signs of taking on the role of “the Brain.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. “ Brainiacs” exhibit the following characteristics: <ul><li>They often shut others down (silent others voices) in the group by taking control of every decision and choice. </li></ul><ul><li>They do not trust their group members to make decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Their grade is the only thing that is important to them, not real learning. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Consequences of Being a Brainiac <ul><li>Long-term: possible stress-related illnesses caused by taking on too much responsibility and not sharing responsibility with others in the workplace due to perceived inadequacies in others. </li></ul><ul><li>Short term---Alienation of others </li></ul><ul><li>Not allowing others to learn and develop </li></ul><ul><li>Missing out on possible “high-quality” contributions of other group members </li></ul><ul><li>Missing the point of your education! </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Team Player <ul><li>80% of the students observed in each class exhibited signs of being team players. </li></ul><ul><li>The #1 workplace skills cited by employers as being of most importance---is the ability to work as part of a team. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Characteristics of Team Players <ul><li>Students take personal responsibility for meeting deadlines and getting work done. </li></ul><ul><li>Students “pull their own weight” in the group---they work as hard as others in the group to achieve a common task. </li></ul><ul><li>They value the group effort and learning process as much or more than the final grade. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Consequences of Being a Team Player <ul><li>Long-term : Promotions,career advancement, great interpersonal relationships with co-workers, respect from associates and colleagues. </li></ul><ul><li>Short-term: </li></ul><ul><li>You develop the skills to achieve the above. </li></ul><ul><li>You learn more of the skills required by the standards for 10th grade English and you can apply and synthesize what you learned (brain functions on higher level of understanding) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusion <ul><li>Your character is revealed by what you do, not what you say you will do. </li></ul><ul><li>“ It's not who you are inside, but what you do that defines you.&quot; …Batman </li></ul><ul><li>Action=Destiny: What will yours be? When will you begin to work on your personal character if not now! </li></ul>