As educators, we are enticed by the promise of group work to develop socially engaged students who are ready to contribute to a team. In our dream group work project, students are all contributing meaningfully to the work and pushing one another’s thinking to create a product that is greater than the sum of its parts. In the daily grind, however, we notice that groups are not living up to our ideal.
The group work team is a group of workers working to improve equity in groups that work. We dug into the problem by fishboning and digraphing the causes, landing on a central focus–to help students develop the skills they need to collaborate equitably. From there, the team dove into a series rapid PDSA cycle to hunt for solutions. Strategic grouping? Co-created work timelines? Dispersed expertise? Group roles? Explore our website to find out about what we learned!