Well, this topic. First things first, I hate group projects. Unfortunately, I have done a plethora of group projects since my inception. I find that group projects do not do a good job of teaching students subject matter. Some people like projects because projects often require a student to be creative. However, I lack creativity often required to do group projects; I always make sure that my “role” in the group is to research and provide correct information. I make others do creativity because I’m bad at it. I’m not artistically talented, musically talented, gifted in acting, or good at engaging in audience. My mind is wired for formulas and statistics. Thus I hate group projects because I’m simply not good at them, and they don’t help me learn the subject matter.
I’m a very individual student and person. I don’t like to share or rely on other people. Group projects force me into either relying on other group members to do work, or doing all the work myself. I tend to lean towards the later, because I like to have things my way. I have vivid memories of seventh grade when I would complete classwork, and four or five people would copy everything I wrote down. I didn’t use to mind that others would take advantage of the work I did. That’s why I often did all the work in group projects; but after a while, doing all the work every time begins to wear a person down. It’s a combination of lack of creativity skills and not relying on others that I hate group projects.
Despite the fact that I do hate group projects, I believe that they have some merits to them. One merit is that they teach students to work in a team. I’m not good at working with others, but group projects force me to. They make me build social skills and teamwork skills. Another merit of group projects is that they teach problem solving in a different way. The group needs to solve the problem together. Again, I’m not good at this but group projects forcing me to solve problems in a group is a good thing. I don’t think the value of group projects lays in the ability to teach a student subject matter (that’s one reason why I don’t like them); I think the value of group projects is in the life skills that they teach. Students can’t just always do things on their own and that’s a difficult thing for me to learn. Some of the things I hate most about group projects end up being the most valuable. I think that projects help a students develop skills that they will continue to use for a very long time.