Our site includes various points of view which enhance the educational value of our site. Our team consists of 2 girls, one 8th grader and one 7th grader, and 3 boys, two eight graders and one 7th grader. The girls brought artistic elements to the website, while the boys brought structure to the task of organizing the site. Four of our team members grew up in the southern part of the
Our team has worked together very well throughout this year. We all were able to use our different strengths to make our team more successful. In the beginning we did not work that well together, but it did not take long for us to start realizing at what each team member really excelled and then we began to work together smoothly. Kate, a 7th grader, was very quiet and did not communicate orally very well with the loud 8th graders on the team. She did, however, bring a work ethic that was unbelievable. She researched and wrote everything she was asked to do. When she finished her work early, she pitched in and helped the others who were a little slower in producing their work. Daniel, the other 7th grader, appeared to be “lazy,” but we decided he was just deliberate in his work. He came in early and worked at home in order to complete his tasks. He benefited from the help of other teammates who rallied to his aid when he was ill and missed school. John, an 8th grade co-captain, was adamant that he did not know how to do all “that computer stuff.” He was an excellent writer and produced very good articles. In spite of all his protests, he became quite proficient in the use of the computer and the website building software. Harrison, the other 8th grade co-captain, was sometimes harsh with the new 7th grade boy on the team. Once he realized that he needed to be more supportive and give praise instead of criticism, he was able to get more work out of his team members. He was also able to delegate some of the technical responsibilities to the last 8th grader on the team, Kelly. Kelly was new to our school and was eager to join the team as soon as she heard about our class. Her technical knowledge was invaluable. She is a great problem solver. Without her hard work on the menu, we could not have completed the site. She also was a great researcher and writer who worked outside of school time to created many of our pages. She and Harrison learned to consult with each other before making any major decisions. We also received technical help from other members in our class who are other teams. We learned that when we all work together, no matter what team we are on, that we are able to accomplish amazing things.