Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What makes working in a group fun?

3rd grade students discussed this question today.  They also discussed, "What can make working in a group NOT fun". 
The Story

Moose, the proud lead singer of a popular school quartet, vows to quit his singing group when the other members want to perform a song which would require him to sing backup.  Despite their pleas for Moose to be more cooperative and share the limelight, he stands by his decision never to sing with his friends again.  Unfortunately, his attitude not only hurts the group, it deprives him of participating in something he loves.  If only Moose could learn to be more cooperative!  But, after overhearing a group of real children talk about the benefits of cooperating, Moose makes the choice to rejoin his quartet and let his friends teach him how to be a cooperative animal.  

  • LISTEN carefully to others and be sure you understand what they are saying
  • SHARE when you have something that otherrs would like to have.
  • TAKE TURNS when there is something that nobody wants to do, or when more than one person wants to do the same thing.
  • COMPROMISE when you have a serious conflict.
  • DO YOUR PART the very best that you possibly can.  This will inspire others to do the same.
  • SHOW APPRECIATION to people for what they contribute.
  • ENCOURAGE PEOPLE to do their best.
  • MAKE PEOPLE FEEL NEEDED.  Working together is a lot more fun that way.
  • DON'T ISOLATE OR EXCLUDE ANYONE.  Everybody has something valuable to offer, and nobody likes being left out.

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