we learned in the lecture to real life experiences. Active Experimentation: From these tasks, I learned that every single person in my group can be both a leader and a follower. In the different tasks, each of us was good at something, so we each took the leading role in those tasks. For example, in the second task, I took the role of leader in teaching my teammates how to fold a frog out of paper, and in the third task Saloni and Kevin took the leading role in completing the questions written in French. I believe all teams should be like this to avoid members from feeling both too superior and/or too inferior. It will keep teams well balanced and all members actively engaged in the task. I have experienced a real life example of pooled interdependence at the restaurant I used to work at. Every shift, each server would have their own section, with their own tables, individually making tips. At the end the night however, we put all of our tips together and split them up evenly. This is an example of pooled interdependence because each of us spent the shift working pretty much independently until the very end when our individual accomplishments were all put together to create the final outcome. Concrete Experience: In week four, we did an exercise called “Symbols”. At the beginning, each group was handed a stack of papers and assigned a location in the hall, one group remained in the classroom. We were handed a paper with “directions” on it and were told that the small papers
were to be used for writing notes; our only way of communicating with the other teams. As we sat down and began reading our paper, we saw that we were Team D and were only allowed to communicate with Team B. At first I thought the objective was to figure out what our equation meant; then I realized we only had four teams, yet it said there were five, so I figured it was some kind of trick. I was very confused as to what the task actually was. After a while of passing notes and receiving very little in return, I realized this was not a competition, but an example of how communication works (or does not work) in some companies. Toward the end, my team stopped passing notes and began talking about other topics. This activity was somewhat frustrating to me, which made me realize how important strong communication truly is, in any situation. Reflective Observation: As we sat down in our assigned location we were all determined to win. We felt it was finally our time to win a whole class activity. After reading the instructions we all looked at each other and began to laugh. I feel we did this because we all knew it had to be some kind of trick, just like all of the previous activities. At first we thought that all of the different groups had different instructions so Saloni and Zach began writing notes to Team B. Zach only wrote one, and Saloni ended up being our sole secretary. I think she did this because she is used to taking a leadership role in the groups she is in, she was also very determined to figure out what was going on.
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