Several very important things happened in the small group comm class on Tuesday.
Meg and Nikki argued vigorously with me (!) about various issues with the blog (one of the group “issues” identified by the class). Did someone say “stepping up?”
Drew reported for the group he was involved with, which had four miscellaneous issues to address. The first one was respect, or rather, a general lack of respect within the class. I wanted more specifics – what constitutes a “lack” of “respect” – how does one know that’s what is going on? What are the clues?
Drew’s group hadn’t discussed it in that way, so he didn’t have an example ready – until a few minutes later, after he’d presented the second issue and I and some members of the class had discussed it. He said we hadn’t let him finish – that he might have gotten to the point we were debating but we had given him “opposition” (I think I am remembering that word correctly, because I questioned that, I said I wanted clarification, implying that “opposition” wasn’t what I thought I was “giving”). Hello! Feedback, anyone?! I’d say this is an example of stepping up!
Drew progressed through the rest of his presentation (two more issues) without interruption from a single soul. 🙂 This was very good to experience (even though I was self-conscious of withholding my spontaneous response) because ever since the teams have bonded internally, there’s been a lot of intergroup disrespect – in the sense of teammembers often being much more interested in engaging with each other rather than with members of other teams as they were presenting or contributing/participating in a whole class discussion. Not only was everyone listening to what Drew said, they heard and responded to it. Took it in.
And then there’s Paul, who initiated the party thread two weeks ago, and suggested – as time ran out – that he post his group’s report on the thread for people’s responses so it “wouldn’t take up so much class time”. Did someone say, “stepping up?” 🙂
Dave did the same, advocating that we STOP the discussion where we were, on the verge of the expectations/grading issue, and hold it until tomorrow when we’d have adequate time to deal with it. He also argued that his group should be able to present their analysis before I say any more about my own perspective. Maybe I’m wrong (!), but this sure looks and feels to me like stepping up!
Now, here’s my question: who’s following who? 🙂