During this Interdisciplinary Unit, I wan in a group with Haojia and Oscar, and our focus was on anxiety and mental health struggles. The norms that our group had decided upon were: Be efficient, divide the workload equally, take responsibility, and have fun. I think that I was a good leader throughout the project, and I think our group worked really well together.
As a team member, I am a good leader, and I am very efficient. I contributed ideas, and I always got my work done. My weaknesses as a team member lie in my need to get work done quickly. I oftentimes would just try to get work done and not put in my best effort. If I were to rank the norms of collaboration in order of importance, I would rank them as such: putting ideas on the table, posing questions, providing data, paying attention to self and others, presuming positive intent, paraphrasing, and then pausing. Ideas are the most important because that is what all projects are centered around, it is the point of the project. Posing questions help define the concepts and elaborate on them. This specific project was very data-heavy, so much so that the entire math and science assessments were all data based. The rest of the collaboration norms are helpful but not as important as the first three that are listed. None of the norms were very hard to implement; however, I don’t recall my group doing paraphrasing very much.
I did not enjoy this unit, I felt like a lot of the activities we did during community time were filler, and some of the things we learned in the lessons were not relevant to my project. On top of that, I felt that the assessments did not tie into the rest of the IDU project cohesively, especially the ATW assessment. The ATW assessment required us to “assess our options” and choose what we will focus on a few days after most groups had already chosen and began working on what we will specifically be focusing on. Even though our group had problems with attendance, I think we ended up working really well together. It was challenging when people didn’t want to put forth ideas, but we later did get everyone’s input, even if some people in the group contributed more than others. Collaboration is very valuable in projects like these because if people are not collaborating well, the project goes nowhere.
Overall, even though I didn’t enjoy this unit, I think our group executed our plan, correctly and I believe that we were successful. We collaborated well together, and personally, I think that I was a good leader throughout this process.