“I hate group projects”

29 Feb

When colleagues ask me why I don’t assign out of class group projects, I often suggest they google the phrase “I hate group projects.” Where they will find comments like this:

” I hate group projects. I’ve only had ONE group project EVER where I didn’t end up doing the majority of the work (it was my one friend). I remember a few years ago, I had to do a group project with two of my (slower) friends. We had to look up information about like ten olympic events–I think I put them in charge of finding the information for two of the events each, which gave me six to do AND the powerpoint. We only had the class time to do it. They were literally playing games on the computer the entire time and I had to do all the work, even their parts. At the end of the class, they said, “Ugh, he never gives us enough time to do these projects.” Luckily, I had managed to throw together all the information (the project was pretty bad) and I (well, “we”, but you know) managed to get a B. “

It occurred to me that there might be more material on Youtube. Was there ever:

 

 

 

 

 

 

And that’s just a small sample.

3 Responses to ““I hate group projects””

  1. Enrique Guerra-Pujol March 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Great videos! I’m going to share them with my colleagues …

  2. Kathy H March 9, 2016 at 11:37 pm #

    “Group Project Nightmare” is so funny!! When I was obtaining my Master’s degree in Education, I felt like I was in one after another group project. Group Project Nightmare could have been my theme song!!! Since I am a retired teacher, I am just going to say it. Most teachers do not make good group projects. Most group projects are not real world collaborative efforts. Most group projects are a joke. A group project to me means one person does the work, the others get the credit. In graduate school, it was also a means for the the professor to get of teaching the class. You assign a group project and let your students teach each other!!!

  3. Kathy H May 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    This is so so funny!!! I loved “Group Project Nightmare”!!!!!! Every teacher should be forced to watch it over and over again until the get the message!!!!

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