Help Me Teach Teamwork
July 18, 2011 9:03 AM Subscribe
Suggestions for approaches to promoting healthy teamwork in undergraduate freshmen, as a TA?
posted by Alterscape to education (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am TAing a freshman-level class in the fall. This is my first TAing experience, though I've taught short (one or two-day) seminars as internal training for orgs I've worked for. The instructor has given my colleague and I, who are 50/50 sharing TA-ing duty, a lot of latitude in defining the assignments. The assignments we have to design include three big group projects that build on each other over the course of the semester.
I was never really taught group work in any systematic way, and while I've been in the tech/business world enough that I'm pretty sure I know how to work on/lead teams, I've always found the dynamic in coursework teams to be different and daunting due to the lack of accountability, etc. Teaching how to work effectively in a team is not the primary purpose of the course, but I'd like to throw the students a bit of a bone in terms of getting-started tips. Any thoughts? Ideas, exercises, things I should read? The students are almost all first-years. I don't want to overwhelm them with info, but I also don't want to throw them into the fire entirely unprepared.
The assignments are media-production and light-duty programming related, with a minimal writing component.