Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Adjourning in Teamwork

We've been learning this week that there are five stages of team development: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. We were asked to think through the adjourning process of team work.

When I think through the groups that I've been a part of, I think the toughest ones to leave are the ones where I have grown more as a person or have made some of my favorite memories because of them. The easiest ones to leave have been more on the academic side, like group projects or even when I've graduated (in the general sense-both times I had friends that were really hard to leave).

In highschool I was a part of several clubs and activities-my goal was to have more activities next to my name in my yearbook then one of my uncle's had next to theirs (I think I won). In that list of ridiculousness, was drama. I had the privilege of being a part of set design for two of our school's productions-at the end of each production there were several rituals we followed-making Congo lines to some great music and parading around the school hallway was one of my favorites. Honestly some of those traditions became something that we looked forward to just as much as the actual production, even though it meant that all of our handwork was coming to an end. But the traditions of the ending, made the closure or adjourning parts just as famous as the rest of the project.

Each missions trip I've gone on has been hard to leave. They were hard because I discovered more of myself and on each trip I grew more spiritually, relationally, and emotionally. Each trip I poured a piece of myself out in blood, sweat, and tears and left that piece behind in a different town/state/country and I shared those memories with people that at the beginning of the week I hardly knew, but by the end of the week I would lay my life down for.

I'm a little over half way done with my master's program. The interesting part about doing this program online is I'm not interacting with my peers the same way I did in college, when I could see them face to face and hang out with them after class. There are a few that I've had multiple classes with, some I've only had 1 class with at a time. I don't know any of them well enough to miss them personally, but I will miss being challenged to grow more in my understanding of early childhood, but I'm also looking forward to running into them or their name in the future, stumbling upon a journal article or an idea that's been published on early childhood, and recognizing their name or blog.


  1. That is a really great point. I have never had a hard time with finishing any of my classes and leaving that group of peers. I have taken all of my classes online except for one. The in-seat class was much harder to leave and I did miss the people that I had taken the class with. I have never felt that way with my online classes. Seeing the classmates face to face aided in building much closer relationships than online classes and made it much harder to end being a part of that group. I would never had thought about that. Great insight!

  2. Hi Danielle,
    I agree that face to face interaction more fosters connecting as a group/team. Having great memories as well as accomplishing the task(s) is just awesome! I also had a similar thoughts where I would see a name and be able say 'that person was in my Master's class :)
    Great post ...Thanks for sharing :):)!!

  3. Danielle,
    You bring up some good points about the differences between a face to face school environment vs. online schooling. I agree with you that it is harder to leave those group in which personal connections have been made with others and those personal connections are harder to build in an online program. But I would hope that when the time comes to adjourn this part of our study we are able to look back and say that we have connected with our peers in one way or another.