- One boy wanted to be in a group, but he is #6 and the limit is 5.
- One boy joined a group, which is done by signing on to a paper sign on the board, and "took the place" of another boy who anticipated belongint
Anyway, I have decided that it is not the issue. Deal with it.
Tomorrow, students in my classes may not sit in a table group (there are 5) with anyone else in the project team. Or leave the classroom with a person in the group unless there is a research purpose.
What has gone well:
- Groups are using the wiki structure and using it from home (not required)
- Some groups have realized that the Comment feature is a good way to collaborate; others are using the wiki authorship (picking up the pen)
- A few groups are making polls
- One group has realized that cameras (video, still) can help to make the case - they have borrowed my stash of technology and gotten mini-lessons in using the tools
- A few groups are using Word and/or Excel to build tools (eg polls, surveys), then uploading the files to the wiki (but we have had some problems with the wiki app in this regard)
- One group is tagging on to another group to use their research results
- One group is editing and commenting on the work of another group
- This is not a friendly format for some students. I have designed alternative projects for three students. For some kids, collaboration with multi-layer directions is a step too far. These students will meet the collaboration, research, output standard but not use the wiki format.
- Groups are still an issue - this is 8th grade. So, I have had to deal with many more inter-student issues than I would have liked. By and large, projects are being done by groups within the same core class. This means that there is a lot of chat, not enough work.
- So - I have to be hardline about expectations. If you don't credit yourself on the wiki, you don't get credit. I think I got that point across today.
- I set this up to be digital communication collaboration, but find that I am having the best teaching moments by talking 1-1 with kids. Hmm - this is a bit conflicting.