Why do group activities falter?

The assignment was, “Make a short list of what’s wrong with group activities.” My short list:

Reasons Why Group Cooperative Activities Falter

  1. A group’s threshold of distraction is at least as low as its most “distractable” member.
  2. Success is absolutely dependent on practicing the specific activity. If you haven’t practiced enough, groups and individuals will be confused about the process.
  3. Not all students are as motivated as all other students. This can create frustration and resentment between them in both directions.
  4. If roles are not clearly defined, students will be confused about their roles.
  5. Students must know how to turn off discussions instantly, or else time gets wasted during transitions.



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