Ay, there's the rub: Group Work

    Posted on Friday, Jun 28, 2019

    To every group I have ever worked in, worked with, or caused students to do for an assignment:

     

    To work in a group or not work in a group, that is the question.

    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

    The slings and arrows of outrageous personalities

    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

    And by opposing get a grade you actually deserve. To group—to enjoy your class

    No more; and by enjoying your class to say we end

    The heart-ache and the thousand sleepless nights

    That a masters degree is heir to: ’tis a consummation

    Devoutly to be wish’d. To group, to enjoy

    To enjoy, perchance to further your studies—ay, there’s the rub:

    For in the enjoyment of group work what skills may come,

    When we have received that expensive scroll,

    Must give us pause—there’s the understanding

    That makes group work so applicable

    For how would we bear the whips and scorns of a career

    Th’ pushy opinion, the proud man’s stubbornness

    The pangs of rejected ideas, the boss’s delay,

    The miscommunication in the office, and the spurns

    That patient waiting of the’ best idea takes,

    When we ourselves might our patience make

    With a person who is very wrong? Who would deal with others

    To grunt and sweat emotionally with difficult people

    But that the dread of the consequence of not following through with the project

    The unemployment agency, from whose bourn

    No traveller finds a solid career, puzzles the worth,

    And makes us rather bear those dysfunctional groups we have

    Than fly to careers that we know not of?

    Thus knowing better does make us work together still

    And thus the constant threat of group work

    Is not rebelled because of the better understanding

    And enterprises of great pitch and moment

    With this want to rebel their currents

    And just do the project alone.

    ---Samantha Weed
    Samantha Weed is a Masters student in the College of Education



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