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Being An Awesome Group Member

Guidance Lesson on How to Work Well in Groups
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Angela Cleveland

on 21 January 2016

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Transcript of Being An Awesome Group Member

Being An Awesome Group Member
Groups!
Group Work
in Action
Fishbowl!
Consider Yourself....
Do I sort out my feelings before I speak?
Do I take responsibility for how I affect others?
Do I deal directly with each member of my group in a considerate manner?
We all participate in a variety of groups!
Think about groups that you have been in. What are some positive group behaviors that you experienced?
Can you think of any examples of behaviors that work against the group (negative group behaviors)?
Challenge Question: When your teachers create groups in class, is it best to place students in groups with only their friends?
How much do you contribute in your group?
Communication in Groups
What Message Are You Sending?
Activity
The fishbowl encourages us to listen actively to the experiences and perspectives of a specific group of people.
2 Groups
Inner group: Reads, Discusses situation and a GOOD, REASONABLE solution to the problem. They determine roles, and they act out the skit.
Outer group: Actively listens to inner group, being prepared to assist with solutions IF REQUESTED. Also, an inner group member may opt out at any point, and an outer group member can join inner group. Lastly, outer group members have a unique perspective of the group and can offer feedback on the positive group skills we just discussed!
Questions to Consider:
1. Where will you perform your skit in the room?
2. There may be one desirable or one undesirable role in the skit. How will your group fairly decide who plays what?
3. You should have a clear conclusion to your skit.
4. Observe positive group behaviors in your group. We will be asking you what effective group behaviors you and your group members modeled for us!
Situation #1
Someone tells you that your friend has been talking about you behind your back. You have been friends since second grade, and he/she has never done anything like that before. Yet, you are sure this person wouldn’t intentionally tell you something that isn’t true.
Situation #2
A group of students are best friends. Other students tag along every chance they get. The group is getting tired of other students following them.
Situation #3
A student told several friends that his/her family was moving out of New Jersey soon. The friends promised that they would keep the secret. Later, the student learned that the friends told the secret to other students.
Situation #4
One student frequently doesn’t do his/her homework. He/She often copies the work of other students. It’s really beginning to bother those students.
Situation #5
A group of students is working on a science project together. Each student except one has been doing his/her part. The group is getting frustrated with the person who is not doing his/her part.
Situation #6
Even though you know it’s against school rules, you decided to preset your locker. You are almost certain that you left your cell phone in the locker, and now it’s missing. You tell your friends who suggest that someone you haven’t been getting along with may have taken it from you.
Situation #7
You and two of your friends always sit together at lunch. Those two friends got into a disagreement and are now sitting at different tables in the cafeteria. Both friends want you on their “side” and want you to sit with them only and not the other friend.
Situation #8
You get on the school bus at the end of the school day. When you turned on your cell phone, you discover an unpleasant text message from a classmate. You didn’t have a disagreement, and you’re not sure why your friend would send you this message. Some kids on the bus (including some of your friends) pressure you to respond with an equally unpleasant text message.
Questions to Consider:
What positive group behaviors did you observe?
If the group was challenged to make a decision at a certain point, did someone help move the group along?
Was everyone included?
What did you think about the solution? Did you have another solution in mind?
Challenge question:

Sometimes we think of a leader as the "person in charge," but there are many different types of leaders. Some people lead by encouraging others, and others by making sure all ideas are heard. What type of leadership skills did you observe?
Am I honest in expressing what I want and what I need from other group members?
Do I apologize when I’m wrong?
What kind of group member are you?
Brought to you by Mrs. Cleveland
Can you think of groups in which you are a member?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Whatever career you choose, you likely will be working in a group at some point!
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