Over this past semester I have learned many important, interesting, and useful things in PLTW. I have learned how to use all different types of saws and how to lazer cut a piece of wood, but one of the most important things I have learned is how to work well with other people.
I am sure you have heard plenty of times in your life that there are always going to be times when you have to work with in a group. This is true. I used to be incredibly shy when I was younger (believe it or not). Whenever I had the option to work independently, I would take it in a heartbeat. Now that I am older I am the exact opposite. I love working with people because I love being around people, and this can actually become a problem.
Three of my favorite things to do are talk, laugh, and make other people laugh. Many people, including myself would see this as a good quality. The thing is you have to have self-control. I often find myself distracting people from their work because I’m telling them a funny story or reading them their celebrity horoscope and in that moment not only am I keeping them from getting their work done, but keeping me from it to.
As earlier mentioned, you are going to have to work with people many times with in your lifetime. I’m not trying to tell you that it’s better to work independently or not have fun while working with a group, I’m here to tell you that there is a right and a wrong way to do group work. When you are working in a group you should be helping the members in your group not making it harder for them. There are times appropriate to talk and times where you should be quiet and do your work. Always make sure to get your work done on time. When you don’t you are hurting both your group members and yourself.
I have made many friends in PLTW through all of the group work we have done. Off of the top of my head I can think of at least three people who I have become good friends with in the class. So always remember that when you are in a group project it is ok to talk and have fun with your group members, but you still have to do the work.