Our team didn’t get the chance to present, but I still feel I learned a lot about collaboration since the last two classes. I used to think that team project is kinda of time-consuming, since you have to coordinate between multiple people, and everybody has different schedule and everybody is busy. I vaguely know that team projects are supposed to make students better collaborators and communicators, but I didn’t really feel much difference deep in my heart. Now I realize that I was so goal-oriented, and that kinda blocked me from enjoying the process. I was always in such a hurry and panic to get everything finished. Now I realize you can never get everything finished, or get everything perfect, the more important thing is to learn from each other and to learn together.
I recently read a lot about social constructivism in learning, simply put, knowledge and meaning is socially constructed. So I started to mindfully pay attention to what I learned from others and what we together constructed during the collaboration. For example, Anusha and I made the presentation on text and typography. Although we didn’t get to present eventually, I realize I wouldn’t even know what is typography, and what’s the difference between text and typography if we didn’t have the talk before last class. I just felt so much better even we finished that part the last minute before class. Anusha, thank you for making me feel so much better 🙂
Don’t panic. Everything will be fine. Just use a mindfully appreciation to your collaborators, and talk with them to see what you can learn together, and be nice, and make friends with them. You will benefit from talking to each other about the key concepts more than dividing all the work and do them completely alone, though that maybe more efficient under special time when everybody is super super busy.