Steps to creating a successful student work group

1. Name your group

2. Decide 3-5 norms/rules that everyone expects to abide by

3. Decide the goal(s) of the group

4. Decide who will play what roles – (here are a few)

Organizing – keeps track of tasks, deadlines and assignments; keeps group on task
Envisioning –helps generate new ideas, links solutions/suggestions to innovate
Spanning – connects with others outside the group
Social – pays attention to relationships within the group, makes sure everyone has a chance to participate; defuses conflict; adds humor      

5. Determine tasks to be accomplished with deadlines

6. Decide who will undertake each of those tasks

7. Understand your group:

Now that your group is “rolling,” consider from time to time, getting to know each other by comparing notes about these self-quizzes.  Everyone should choose the same ones to do and be comfortable talking about their results

Conflict Management Quizzes (choose one)

Conflict management quiz from CU Boulder:  Figures it out for you – uses animals (owl, mouse, etc.)

Conflict management quiz from North Carolina State Univeristy: Have to do the math but uses widely accepted conflict styles

Discussion Questions:

Here are some very quick guides to working through conflict and/or problem solving:

University of Michigan

Very simple ideas but with some good links for more depth from Indeed

Picturing your group: SYMLOG

The SYMLOG "maps" where group members typically fall on three dimensions: Task-oriented vs. Emotionally expressive, Friendly vs. Unfriendly, and Dominant vs. Submissive

Understanding how people tend to operate can help you know what to expect from each other as well as consider how you can help each other contribute productively to the group.

            1. Each person should complete the abbreviated SYMLOG form and then calculate where they lie on the each axis as well as how large their circle should be

            2. Create a document similar to this graph in a shared space (Brightspace, Google Docs, OneDrive, Teams) so everyone can add their circle to the graph

Discussion Questions:

Personality tests

True colors (equates personalities with colors)

NERIS personality type (similar to Myers-Briggs)

Discussion Questions: