From: "Christian, Michael R. (UMC-Student)"
To: "Glaser, Rainer E." Subject: Schmoops' Group Dynamics Report Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 14:11:43 -0600 Dr. Glaser- Schmoops' Group Dynamics Report. Our group, Schmoops, met just about every Thursday night around 8:00 at the Sigma Chi house. For the most part, we all would show up at every meeting, except for one girl, who we believe must have dropped the class at the beginning of the semester because no one has been able to get a hold of her. On the Thursdays before tests, we would meet earlier to spend more time together studying and to make sure that we all knew the information that was necessary. On Thursdays that did not precede tests we spent time going over the different items on the web such as the news items, the visualization centers, and practice problems. After all of that, we would go over anything that anyone didn't understand until each person had a firm grasp on the subject. Our meetings typically lasted between 45 minutes to an hour. We didn't have difficulty working together. We actually got along quite well ....... especially with the girl who never showed up, she never caused any problems. We all agree that collaboration has helped us and is a useful learning tool. However, we also feel like we should have had some project to be working on instead of just studying because we don't feel like most groups met as often as we did due to the fact that there was little incentive. In your e-mail you asked whether group work should be more formalized with scheduled meeting times. We decided that yes, we think that it would be a good idea, but the only way to really do that would be to set up discussion sections with a T.A. We feel that discussion sections would be an excellent addition to this class. Schmoops is: Leslie Vernon, Krista Arnsmeyer, Jay Roberson, and Mike Christian