Ally Hickey, GBP Student
Since the first week of school, GBP students have been given group members to work with on specific long term projects. An average student has done many individual and/or partnered class projects in their high school career, but I would say that the amount of long term tasks we have in GBP take the lead. Through the repeated planning needed to accomplish the projects, GBP students have become very accustomed and good at executing them.
Our group projects all start off with everyone searching for their name on the board, eager to see who they are partnered with. Group members then find a space in the room to discuss how to start the project or, if necessary, make sure to introduce themselves. Most of the time, there’s a leader, or at least someone who believes they should be. This person usually initiates a discussion about what tasks need to be done and what one would have to do to accomplish them. Next, each partner is paired with a task. These tasks usually include specific time periods or areas of research. Of course, there’s usually someone who decides that they “do better work at home,” but some other member inevitably brings them back to the reality of needing doing at least something productive in class. I believe that we have all learned at least one valuable lesson by working on group projects and that is to make good use of the time provided for our projects. Why would you waste your own time to work on something you could have done in school? Time management is key in any group project.
After all research is done, some kind of product must be made, such as a visual media artifact or even a skit like in this week’s Propaganda Project. This week’s group members must create a skit on one major issue of controversy from the pre-revolutionary era of Greater Boston. This is where the creative students comes out and help to make the research enjoyable and engaging for other classmates to learn about. In every group, there are creative and less creative people but each are encouraged to review each other's work so everyone is involved in each par and ready to share it with the class.
Although GBP is only ¼ of the way done, I think many of my peers would agree that with the number of group research projects we do in this class, we’re all on our way to being professionals.
GBP Students collaborate on group projects in class. (Photo by Ms. Tincher)
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