“Learning in Teams”
A team of students had four members called
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done.
Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was
Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody
could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody
wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody
blamed Somebody when Nobody did what
Anybody could have done.
Groups for Final Project
• Please write your Group Name, Group
Members’ Names, & Case Study you chose on
the colored paper
5 Ways to Wreck a Group
• List 5 behaviors or actions that can undermine
– Example: One member “forgets” to complete
– Roundtable Instructions:
• One piece of paper and pen per group
• First student writes one response and says it out loud
• First student passes paper to the left, second student
• Continues around group until time elapses
• Students may “pass” at any time
• Group stops when time is called
(Cooperative Learning, Millis, B.J., 1999; Group Dynamics 101; Allen, D., 2002; Working in Groups, Duch, B., 2000)
Developing Ground Rules
• Use the worksheet provided to develop Ground
Rules for your group. Your ground rules must:
– be agreed upon by all members of your group.
– clearly state expectations for group members' behavior.
– discuss consequences for certain behaviors when
expectations are not met.
– address absences as well as issues related to students
who do not contribute equally.
• These ground rules will be used during the semester
to assure that you have the most worthwhile
learning experience possible.
• Be prepared to share your list with the class.
Examples of Ground Rules
Arrive to class on time
Come to class prepared
Share information with group members
Respect the views, values, and ideas of group
(Group Dynamics 101; Allen,
More Sample Ground Rules
One person speaks at a time
We agree to talk directly with the person with
whom there are concerns, and not seek to
involve others in “gossip” or “alliance building”
We agree to try our hardest and trust that
others are doing the same within the group
We agree to attack the issues, not the people
with whom we disagree
(Ground Rules; University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of Human Resource Development, 2008)
• Group member will be responsible for a greater
share of the next assignment.
• Group member will have a “time out” and will
be responsible for completing work on his/her
(Working in Groups;
• To receive full credit for your group presentation
on March 31, you should:
– Be completely prepared and well rehearsed
– Show a full understanding of the topic/case
– Accurately answer almost all questions posed by
classmates about the topic
– Listen to, share with, and support the efforts of others
in the group; try to keep people working well together
– Fill out peer evaluations completely and give scores
based on the presentation rather than other factors
(e.g., person is a close friend)
• To receive full credit from your group members,
– Bring needed materials to class and always be ready
– Consistently stay focused on the task and what needs
to be done; be very self-directed
– Routinely use time well throughout the project to
ensure things get done on time
– Always listen to, share with, and support the efforts of
others; try to keep people working well together
– Routinely monitor the effectiveness of the group, and
make suggestions to make it more effective
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