The place of group work in the education system
Teaching how to do teamwork and promoting it is a primary and inevitable principle in the whole world. The reason is that it can be beneficial in the future as the teaching methods of group work are essential too.
Group work is much like a dilemma these days and the fact that we gather some people and ask them to do something in groups doesn’t mean we have group work.
To be more effective, the members of a team should know why they gather and what purpose they have. To do so, a company, group or people who want to work as a team need to know their intentions, goals, viewpoints and their missions.
Simplest kind of group work is practice how to live in society because people have to work in some groups and teams to continue their lives.
Some countries are not very good at group work. Anyway, any country should benefit somehow, and it always begins at school.
They have to stimulate living in groups, understanding each other and see things through “our” eyes instead of “my”.
For example, in America, almost everything happens in groups, and they do teamwork all the time. Students work with their teammate since the beginning.
In some countries, teamwork is just a tiny part of the whole time in classroom and teachers rather students work alone instead of making a lot of noise. This way one person gets the score, one person gets punished, and one person gets to get A.
Usually, the best class doesn’t mean anything in these kinds of classrooms. If there is a better team, it’s the leader who gets the score. This way we never get used to working and living together comfortably. We can easily see the results in the lives of our next generations.
Students who live in one dorm room, young couples’ lives, colleagues who can’t tolerate each other, living in apartments are some samples of team works.
I hope you can learn what group work is and how does it work. Now I am directly speaking to dear teachers: never forget teamwork. Help your students to work as groups like a real task and lesson, not as a hobby or practice.