"Changing Neural Pathways Every Class Period"
"Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is no one ascends alone." - Lance Armstrong 7-Time Tour de France Champion
working in groups will be part of your life
Tips for Working in Groups
Michelle Wagner compiled the following list of tips on group work from her colleagues.
"Try to make a set time to meet once a week." -Kristy Polland
“Make sure to pick one person for your group who you know is a hard worker, but don’t underestimate the abilities of people who are taking a Phil class for the first time. They often bring insightful ideas to the group.”- Kelly Flood
“Try to initially divide up the work load as evenly as possible. Otherwise, one person may become overloaded and ultimately stressed out beyond belief. In the end the entire group suffers.” -Michelle Wagner
“Trust you own originality and do not be afraid to voice your opinion. Different ideas are not always bad.” -Anonymous
“Don’t be afraid to admit it if you need help. It’s better to be upfront with your group in the beginning, rather than let them down at the last minute.” -Anonymous
“Try to make the most of all group meetings. Although it may seem like you have a lot of time before a presentation, it’s amazing how quickly it runs out.” -Anonymous
“Realize that everyone has a life outside of group work, including work and other groups. Complaining about your situation only wastes time and will not do any good.” -Anonymous
“Once you establish a reputation as a “bad group member,” it will haunt you for the rest of your Communication classes.”-Anonymous
“Compliment other group members when they do something well or go out of their way to do more work. If someone feels their work is unnoticed or unappreciated, they will quit trying.” -Anonymous"Respond promptly to e-mails from your group members. It's a hassle trying to organize group meetings or finish up a project when you have not heard back from anyone in your group. No matter what, pull your weight! If you can't make a group meeting because of a schedule conflict (and it happens to all of us at some time or other), make an effort to work on part of the project on your own and e-mail or give what you've done to your other group members. Even if your group gets a good grade on the project, your grade could be lowered if everyone else turns in evaluations stating that you didn't contribute. Listen to everyone's ideas. No idea is a bad idea, and if you are all willing to listen to each other it makes it much easier to get things accomplished." - Michelle Stark
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Listed below is some advice from former communications students who have successfully trained their neural pathways.
"Taking a Phil class will definitely raise your stress levels. However, once the class is over, you will realize that it was all worth it." -Jerome Allen
"Do not concern yourself with what you believe Phil is "looking for" as the "right answer," rather construct a unique solution to the problem and develop a strong line of rationale and you will succeed beyond measure" -Marcus Reitz
"GO TO CLASS!!! No matter how many notes you print off the website, you will never get all the information! Also...read, read, read! If you don't read, the multiple choice questions in the exams are going to kick your butt!" -Angela Stangel
should be striving for excellence by: 1) continuously improving personal communication skills such as listening, public speaking, writing and managing conflict, 2) developing effective group communication skills by knowing how to effectively and efficiently solve problems, 3) becoming critical thinkers by understanding how to analytically and strategically address communication problems and 4) developing communication expertise by learning fundamental communication principles, practices and theories. Concentrating on these four critical areas puts every student in the best possible position to become a thoughtful, strategic, and professional communicator. Such individuals glisten like rare gems – coveted by friends, colleagues and organizations.
7 Questions to guide your thinking...
Can you prove it?
What are your assumptions?
What is effectiveness?
What is the pattern?
What can you do about it?
Is it ethical?
""I think the day that I stop having those goals of continually improving, then that's the day I better stop." Lance Armstrong