What does a cupcake have to do with group work? Well, a red velvet cupcake combines several surprisingly different elements (cream cheese frosting, fluffy cake, and red food coloring) to make one luscious dessert. Similarly, great group collaboration unites the diverse skills and characteristics of each group member to produce a fabulous project… together!
(Ok, that analogy may just have been an excuse to post my cupcake photo, but the point is still valid.)
Anyhoo, since the 7th grade students I teach are currently embarking on a big group project, now seems a perfect time to unveil the 2-minute masterpiece video that I made a while back with my mischievous toddler as part of a summer film course. The video is entitled “How to Avoid Group Work Disaster,” and features three potential collaboration pitfalls — Stubbornness, Prejudice, and Laziness — and their easy fixes. Enjoy, and do share widely with anyone who could benefit!
So what do you think? Should baby Devi start crafting his Oscar acceptance speech? Do you want an autographed replica of that mustache pacifier? Are you confused that both Devi and I now have totally different hair colors than those in the video? I eagerly await your comments.