There is no I in teamwork! Cliche? Maybe. Yet it’s true.

It is interesting that Enid’s “Student Teams” presentation (with the awesome monster graphics) doesn’t think teamwork means a group divides up the work, and meets up later to put it all together to create a unitary whole, and then turn the assignment into the teacher or professor. That is how I have always worked for group assignments. We might meet once to discuss and then break out on our ‘own.’ I understand her point though – teams or groups should think, discuss, share, learn from each other and teach each other, to get the most out of the lesson and remember it most, as Haycock points out in his presentation. Active learners are the ones that “get it” the best usually.

Busy schedule (school, family, work). Time. Distance. Money (hey, gas isn’t cheap these days).

Often detriments to students re: being able to work seamlessly in a team for a group assignment.

The Internet and programs like chat, video conferencing and other new technologies help solve many of those issues (well, provided you have a computer and an internet connection.)

Both Enid’s and Haycock’s presentations drive home the educational and collaborative aspects of teamwork, where you discuss, make suggestions and then improve on what you have until it’s as perfect as it can get. It is harder to get those benefits if you really work independently on your part and then just ‘piece’ it together later. Your project won’t be the best it can be. This translates to the work force and in a library setting.

Each person has their own good qualities and experiences they bring to the table. Allowing them to do so and encouraging them is only going to help, if they are willing to work and communicative.

There is always one bad apple in several groups that doesn’t want to do their share, doesn’t show up to meetings on purpose, or is too negative about suggestions (as both presentations mention). But neither of the presentations don’t really say how to deal with a bad apple whether it be in a school or work setting.

Inquiring minds what to know.

How do you deal when you have someone like that on your team?