What if you require students to work in teams, but some prefer to work individually? Student resistance to working in teams may come from a previous bad experience with group work, personal learning-style preferences, or lack of teamwork skills. You can address these concerns by:
- telling students why you think it is important for them to work in teams
- encouraging them to spend time finding strategies for all to feel comfortable working on their team
- providing tips for effective teamwork skills
For tips on helping students work in teams, see the following resource from the University of Waterloo: http://cte.uwaterloo.ca/teaching_resources/tips/teamwork_skills.html.