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Silent Team Writing Exercise

From Wednesday, September 28

Comment (100 words) on the exercise in light of your experiences, the experiences of others, and the practices outlined in Team Writing. Post this comment by Friday, September 30.

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  1. October 1, 2011 at 2:31 AM

    Reflecting upon our planning session, we had agreed to tap one another on the shoulder to indicate those who wanted to take turns at the keyboard, and we decided to type short messages to one another via computer that were to be deleted from the final draft. Once the session started, our composition was fluid. We came up with a thesis and two expansion paragraphs. We had plenty of time to proofread—editing our final answer to be perfectly 150 words. When I read it out loud, I almost stumbled a few times; yet any shortcomings during the oral presentation are, indeed, not necessarily indicative of poor writing.

  2. October 3, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    It is really hard for our team to do this writing exercise, since we are not able to talk during the writing, however than we figure out we can still communicate by using writing, instead of talking. What we did was divided the writing assignment to each people, everyone can write anything on the write board freely, and everyone contribute a point about how should we introduce SLU to others. It was really easy in a short time we wrote more than 180 words, and get 3 points about how good SLU is, which are “have fun in SLU”, “diversity programs”, ”internship opportunities”. Since we only have limited time and was not able to communicate efficiently, however I believe we do did a good job.
    I am so sorry I was not able to post a comment on time, I and my roommate was robbed last wednesday after class when we are on the way to our apartment, and two black males robbed us and the took my laptop away, luckily local policemen get my stuff back today…

  3. October 5, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    The Silent Team Writing Exercise was a lot of fun. I don’t think I have ever been part of such an exercise. I feel that my team mates and I did very well. Our team came up with a good strategy in the beginning. We decided that we would communicate by writing on a piece of paper. By voting we decided who would take care of what task. All three of us managed to work well with each other. We came up with a lot of data that we usefully used to persuade high school seniors to join SLU.

  4. October 5, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    It was not very difficult to communicate without speaking. The way that our team used to communicate was whenever someone got an idea, tap the computer user’s shoulder as a signal and type the idea on the screen. If we got any question, we just typed on the screen to see other’s opinion. This way works for us very well. The only problem of this kind of communication is low efficiency. It takes much more time than speak with each other, because we had only one screen and one keyboard. We can’t deliver our ideas on the same time.

  5. October 5, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Our group did a pretty good job in this exercise collaborating with each other and making sure we all contributed during the exercise. We took the divided approach to collaborate on the project and it worked well for us. Each person went to the board and added on to the others’ sentences until we had the whole essay written. In the video you can see that we had some difficulty with splitting up work equally. This occurred mostly because we couldn’t talk but it worked out for the better because we had some writing while others looked out for errors.

  6. October 5, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    I found this group exercise very interesting and unique. Not being able to communicate verbally greatly hindered the brainstorming process. The only way that our group could start was for one person to start writing while the others looked on waiting for their turn to write. My group was on the computer which I believed made it easier to communicate. We were able to quickly type a question or suggestion on the screen. The group members would then be free to respond to the question or suggestion. I found the hardest part of the exercise was keeping the word count at exactly 150 words.

  7. October 5, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    I really enjoyed this team experience it challenged our teams to work as a group as a whole and not just individual. It helped keep conflicts down because you could argue. Our team took the idea of righting down all ideas that we would add to the main pitch. From those ideas we took the best ones and added them to create the best pitch we could. Something I noticed about the other groups is that they seemed not to have a problem writing ideas down and conflict was kept to a minimum. I think the hardest part about this was actually the word limit put on the pitches.

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