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Roles and Processes in Group Work!

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Christopher Taylor

on 16 September 2015

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Roles and Processes in Group Work!
Students will have knowledge of productive and unproductive roles in group activities as they pertain to Theatre Arts.
Students will be able to self-diagnose issues within group dynamics and make positive choices about how group work should proceed.
What is a group?
Why are groups important for theatre?
Why are groups important for life?
With your group, come up with 5 examples of a group.
Discussion Questions:
The Foundation
Groups are built upon the idea that working together is a more powerful approach that working alone in tackling some problems.
What Roles Do We See?
How do they cooperate or not cooperate?
What is the outcome?
There are positive and negative roles
Positive Roles
Negative Roles
suggests new ideas to the group.
clarifies connections between ideas.
Information Seeker
looks for facts to support ideas.
makes a record of group decisions and discussion.
praises, agrees with and accepts the contributions of others.
works to resolve conflicts of ideas in the group.
attempts to relieve tension between group members through a calm attitude and light-hearted jokes.

attacks the group and work, makes mean jokes, jealous of others ideas.
is negative and stubborn. Opposes ideas without a reason.
Attention Seeker
boasts, talks about himself and acts in unusual ways. Wants to be in control.
Bad Boy/Girl
doesn't help and brags about it. Acts out through horseplay, indifference and cynical attitudes.
manipulates the group or members of the group through flattery, ordering people around, interrupting and superior attitudes.
Get into groups of

Send one person to get deck of cards.
Distribute cards to each group member.
Decide on a problem your group needs to solve and plan an improvisation to play for the class.
After 15 min, present your scene for the class.
Who played which role?
Wrap Up Questions
Which roles are necessary for a group to function?
Which roles do you take most often?
How does knowing about roles in groups change how you will work in the future?
How can rules help us be more effective in group work?
Your problem should be something that a group would need to solve. It can be as realistic or fantastical as you want it to be (zombies, teacher left the room, broke a window, etc.)
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