STEP #1: ORIENTATION
• Group members need to learn who everyone is -- exchange names, phone numbers, addresses, etc. and keep a record of this information.• Discuss what the group is expected to do -- don't assume that the
requirements of the group project are clear to everyone. More often
than not, people are not always sure aboutwhat the group is expected to do.
STEP #2: DIVISION OF LABOR
• Divide the project up into a series of smaller steps or parts
• Put the parts of the project into a time sequence -- in whatorder must each step or part of the project be done?
• Agree on a time table -- when must each part of the project be finished?
• Agree on who is responsible for each part of the project.• Agree on what each person must PRODUCE for their part of the project
by the agreed upon deadline. BE SPECIFIC -- everyone in the group
must agree to turn in something tangible tothe group at a stated time.
• Agree upon a schedule of meetings -- most groups think all they need to do is divide up the work, meet five minutes before the presentation, and "whip it together."You can do it this way, but the approach rarely works!
STEP #3. ASSESSMENT
• Have group members provide feedback about each other's work -- is the material provided by the member what thegroup needs, is something missing, what else needs to be done?
STEP #4. PRESENTATION PLANNING
• Once the research on the project is fairly far along, the group needs to turn its attention to thequestion of HOW to orally present the material the group gathered. MANY GROUPS MAKE THE MISTAKE OF WANTING TO TALK ABOUT THE PLAN FOR THE PRESENTATION TOO SOON. Wait until the group has a pretty goodidea of what they'll be talking about.
• Determine who will serve as the presentation moderator if you need one.
• Decide on audio/visual aids for the presentation
• Make decisions...