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Making Civics Real Workshop 1: Freedom of Religion  
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Student Perspectives: Group work

Desjohnna: My group is on the same page pretty much. I’m used to working with my sister. I usually debate with her and we’re really strong together but the other people on my team I had to get to know first. One person on my team was siding with the family. She didn’t really want to be an attorney for the school board and we had to kind of talk her into it, but in the end she was our secret tool that we used against them.

All of us think that we should definitely be able to pray when we want to. So I think that we’re really going to do well, because we are all putting our heads together. We found that we had missed some things that other people in our group had figured out and it was a lot more information than we realized we had.

Destinee: I think it’s important for us to work in groups because then you’re not so solitary with your work and you don’t have to just sit there and read from a book. You can interact with other people and get their point of view. Maybe it will change your way of thinking. When you work in these groups it gives you a different perspective of whatever they’ve been thinking so then you kind of switch gears and you think well maybe this person thinks differently than me so maybe I should kind of think in their shoes so I can see where they’re coming from.

[One member of my group] is kind of a goofy, class clown-type of guy and I was really surprised that he was being really serious with this case and he took it to the extremes. He really, really worked on this. It also surprised me that our group worked well together because some of the people in that group don’t get along.
John: I didn’t think we were going to work as well together as we did and it went pretty well I think. Some of the people in our group weren’t really close friends or they didn’t really talk to each other a lot so I didn’t think we could work that well together.

Kaila: You get to know everybody’s opinion and what they think and sometimes you don’t agree with it but you get a feel for everybody, what they stand for. It’s good because these are some of the people you’re going to be graduating with and you’re going to know for the next three years, so I think it’s good to sit down and talk.

Kurtis: Working in groups you’ve got to pick a leader, because if you don’t have a leader you’re going to fall apart because everybody is going to do what they want to do. My group chose me to lead because they know that I’m good at everything and I know how everything goes. So I think groups are fun if you’ve got people that are willing to work together and willing to listen and do their part.

I think we worked well but we were kind of surprised at what Jesse said, ‘cause we weren’t planning on him saying what he said. He said that they were forced to listen. They weren’t actually forced, they could have walked out or something, but he should have said that they have the right to not have to hear that. That’s what he was supposed to say. But it still worked out for the best. We still came through. We worked well as a team.

Sometimes [the teacher] picks our groups, but most of the time we get to pick our own groups. I think it’s good to work in groups because you get to learn more about your classmates and how they feel about the situation and you get more points of view other than your own. Their points of view can get you to realize that you’re not thinking right or something, like you need to change how you look at things. I learned how to work together and how to take different points of view and accept what somebody’s saying and try to understand it. I really learned how to listen to other people and listen to what they have to say. It could be helpful.

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