Individual Paper On Team Dynamics: Teamwork In The Classroom

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Mobile Phone TechnologyUniversity of PhoenixTHow many times have you heard the phrase "two heads are better than one" (Hirsch2002) or "too many cooks spoil the broth" (Hirsch 2002)? These two proverbs giveconsiderable advice about teams, a subject that you probably already know a great deal about.

Since the beginning of time, people have worked or played in groups all their lives. Wheneverone joins a group, club, work on a family or school project, they are part of a team. Sometimesteams work well together. Other times teams or members just seem to get in each others way. Asa member of a group, you can make sure team projects go smoothly by using the concept of"teamwork" (De Janasz, Dowd, & Schneider 2002, p. 311) in the classroom.

Team / TeamworkWhen it comes to a team, one must be able to distinguish the difference between a teamand a group. A group is defined as "two or more people who interact in some way" (De Janasz,et al.

p. 310).If you look at the big picture though, a team is "a formal workgroup consisting of people who work together intensely in order to achieve a common groupgoal" (De Janasz, et al., p. 310). This is demonstrated when a group decides to be committed toone another in order to get the job done at hand in order to fulfill everyone's needs, wants anddesires. Since the beginning of time people have used groups or teams in order to achievesuccess in not only their lives but the lives of others through teamwork. Teams can be attributedto existing because few people know or have all the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed toaccomplish all tasks in order to have an impact on the result of the team's goal. Easily stated,"Two heads are better than one" (Hirsch 2002).

If one...