From: "Cantlin, Rachel E. (UMC-Student)" 
To: "Glaser, Rainer E." 
Subject: group dynamics report
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 08:49:26 -0600

Dr. Glaser-

Everyone in our group agreed that at the beginning of the semester, the
whole group thing was a great idea in theory.  Most of us were excited
about working with others, especially in a difficult class such as this.
We did enjoy meeting other students and we were challenged by the
competition among members of our group.  

While we do think group work is a good idea, it is unrealistic for the
members of our group to meet on a regular basis.  We all have a big
class load, different schedules, and different ways of studying.  To
expect us to integrate all of these things within a semester, given the
inconvenience of it--it was not worth it.  A few of the group members
tried to get together to study for an exam, and on that particular exam
both scored their worst grades yet. One member of our group had a tutor,
so she didn't feel that it was necessary to get extra help from peers.
Also, we had problems with group members committing to meetings and then
not showing up.  This was frustrating.

On the whole, the group idea didn't work for us.  In the future we would
suggest not requiring students to meet in groups, but maybe strongly
recommending that they do.  That way, students don't feel pressure to do
something that doesn't fit within their way of studying.  One additional
suggestion would be that if you were going to require groups, we would
have liked some structure to the whole thing.  That may have helped our
group get together more often and be more effective. 

Thanks for the concern!

Tabitha Stith 
Rachel Cantlin
Sarah Goff
Hilari Goodman
"The Carbons"