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Final Survivor Blog

1.) On a scale of 1-5 (5 being consistently), how consistent were you with submitting your blog posts in a timely manner?
3- I submitted a decent amount of blogs throughout the semester.

2.) On a scale of 1-5 (5 being consistently), how consistent were you with posting at least one thorough comment on a peer’s blog?

3.) One a scale of 1-5 (5 being very well), how well did you integrate class concepts into your posts about the Survivor show?
5-I feel like I did a good job on integrating class concepts into my blogs on Survivor.

4.) Please describe what you think your strengths were with regard to blogging and participation.
My strengths towards my blogging experience was being able to link class concepts to Survivor, as well, as keeping up with the show. This also helped me better understand the chapters for the exams.

5.) Please describe how you think you could improve on your blogging and participation.
I could have been more consistent when it came to blogging on time every week. Procrastination was my weakness when it came to starting my blogs. I feel like the quality of my blogs would have been better if I gave myself enough time to complete my blog posts.
I could have also posted more comments on other classmates blogs.

6.) What did you like about blogging?
I liked the whole concept of the blogs and how i can voice my opinion through technology.

7.) What did you dislike about blogging?
I did not like how there was a blog post due every week along with other assignments that had to be done. I am also not a fan of survivor.

8.) What suggestions do you have for this assignment in the future?
My suggestion for future assignments is to have less blog due dates.

Group B Extra Credit

1. Assignment title: Spot your Group

2.Assignment objectives: Students will interact with members of society as well as applying what they have learned from their chapter that was assigned to them by the teacher. Then students will demonstrate a specific situation that applies to the main message of the chapter. It will give them the opportunity to view group work outside of the class rooms and witness it in real life situations. Through this assignment students will be able to apply course concepts to real world group work, experience group roles in action, and reflect on the stages of group development.

3. Assignment description: Students will do two hours of service learning in a group setting i.e. boys and girls club, feeding the homeless, etc. Then in class they will act out what they did in service learning and apply it to the chapter given. They will pick a situation that happened during their service learning project act it out and somehow connect that to the chapter given. For example, if they wanted to go to the Boys and Girls club and had chapter three. During their visit,  maybe they witnessed a child sitting by themselves they could connect that child to an underpersonal member as stated in chapter three. They would have to act out as a group the situation where the child is sitting in the corner and then half the group would act it out and half of the group would explain the situation and connect the experience to the chapter for there fellow students. This way,  the students are able to learn about the chapter through real life experiences not only visually via demonstration but verbally as well.

4. Assignment instructions: In order to be successful in this assignment, students must fulfill the two hour service learning requirement and the students must connect it to the course. Time limit is 7-10 minutes. Must use presentation aids and have a well prepared skit.

5. Assignment evaluation: Organization, clear ideas, easy to follow, perception of team work. They have to have the service learning plan printed off the CIlearn printed and signed. This will be graded out of 50 points.


Karina Gilad & Katherine Dombrowski

Survivor blog Listening

Moving on to the sixth episode, listening seemed to be the key factor between the two tribes. Their seemed to be mostly hearing going on among  the tribes and  the members were using minimal cognitive focus throughout the episode. In the hunahpu tribe, there was more talking than listening between the members which hurt them in the long run. For example, the tribe was running scarce on food so they went ahead and asked for some kind of trade in order to have another bag of rice. Jeremy, however, had a more practical way of dealing with the food shortage.  He wanted to wait it out rather than give away their shelter for a bag of rice. Unfortunately, the group seemed to listen more to their stomachs than Jeremy’s rational plan and went ahead with the trade.  Soon after losing their shelter, the weather changed for the worse  causing the group to have to sleep in the rain. They also ended up winning a meal after competing in the first challenge. The tribe would have been better off if they would have listened to Jeremy.

After losing to the Hunahpu tribe, the Coyopu tribe once again had to select who to vote off the island. Knowing that he was next to be voted off, Dale decided to try to convince John to consider voting for Missy instead. Desperate for Johns alliance, Dale told John that he would give him his idol if he does not end up  going home. Little did John know, Dale pretended to have the idol in order to gain some leverage with him. After hearing Dales plan, John had to really decide who he should have an alliance with. In the end, John went with his gut and voted Dale off the island.

“We’re a Hot Mess” Blog#3

The Hanahpu tribe experienced abundant amounts of conflict throughout the fourth episode. From the beginning, Drew was creating tension by repeatedly suggesting to ask Jeff for the fishing gear that they had to decline from the last episodes challenge. After one of the members found the flint by the camp fire, Drew insisted on trying to persuade Jeff for the fishing gear while the other group members wanted to just move on.  This began to create substantive conflict between the members by having the members disagree with Drew’s ideas and actions.  Tension began to arise when Keith, who was supposed to be in an alliance with Jeremy, blamed him for having the idol. Keith’s accusations about Jeremy began to spread leaving Jeremy to find out from another tribe member what Keith had been accusing him of. Feeling betrayed, Jeremy decided to place Keith as the person he would vote to leave the island. Drew, causing affective and destructive conflict while assuming he was the leader of the tribe, purposely threw the challenge, causing the Hunahpu tribe to lose the challenge. This was in order to get rid of some of the “snakes” in his tribe. Little did he know, Drew struggles lead to a few members hidden agendas of voting him out.  Immediately after the challenge, the Hunahpu tribe members began to secretly consult with one another on who to boot off the island. After listening to every ones opinion, it was clear that everyone was not on the same page when it came to their individual votes. The tribe members seemed to have their own opinion when it came to who to vote off the island creating a feeling of unease. Finally, the group members were able to compromise on one individual that had to go. Drew’s confidence ended up getting him voted off the island.

Survivor Blog#2

After watching the third episode of survivor, I noticed different types of member roles  in the two groups.  Hunahpu won all of the challenges leaving the Coyopa tribe the burden of deciding who to vote out of their tribe. So far, Nadiya, Val, and Jon got voted off the Island.

Following Benne and Sheats functional group roles, I was able to distinguish the different member roles each individual from the tribes portrayed. A few members seemed to play a self-centered role while the other members demonstrated maintenance roles.  The first role that caught my eye was the “deserter,” from the self-centered role section in the text. Drew, from the Hunahpu tribe, showed signs of being the deserter by getting frustrated about braiding the palm leaves that was supposed to help with ensuring  that the rain wont seep through the roofing. He then stopped contributing by taking a nap while the rest of the group members continued to do the work. Because of this, he failed to pull his own weight in the group.

Keith was portrayed as having task roles when he was sent to exile island. To me, Keith seemed to be the information giver and coordinator because right away he suggested eating snails that was easy to retrieve. Baylor however,  was the special interest pleader because knowing  that there was a good chance she would be voted off, she tried encouraging all of the tribe members to vote John off the island and laid out several reasons why he should go home. Everyone in the Coyopa tribe  was seen as opinion givers and seekers by giving their notion on who to send home.

Dale, from the Coyopa tribe was the encourager/supporter by motivating each contender from his tribe as he sat by the sidelines while they were competing against the Hanupu tribe. By doing so, this helped promote confidence within his group to succeed. Even though, the Coyopa tribe did not win, hopefully we can see Dale’s motivation towards his tribe payoff in the next episode.


Survivor Group Development

This would be my first time watching Survivor and I am already interested in the theme Blood vs Water. After completing the first episode, I am more aware on how the show relates to the four stages in the life cycle of groups, also known as the Tuckman’s Group Development Stages. The forming stage appeared at the beginning of the show when the couples were introduced, giving the viewers a sense of their personal goals. On the first night, after the loved ones were split up and put into their own groups, each member did not know what to expect. The members explored each others different personal goals and group goals as a result of getting acquainted with one another.  Many were eager to show the group their skill set, such as, Dale from the Coyape team. Knowing he was the oldest from the other group members, he knew that in order to show his worth in the group, he had to prove that he was a good asset to the group. In doing so, he was able to be the first one to start a fire by breaking his eye glasses.
As the show progressed, the groups began to move into the storming stage. Members from both groups began to form alliances in order to decide who gets booted off the island.  In the Hunahpu tribe, Jeremy immediately created alliances with a few of the female members in order to keep him safe from elimination. By doing so, Jeremy was able to compete for social acceptance.
After returning from exile island, Val from the Hunahpu tribe, was given information about an idol being hidden by the well. When she returned to her tribe, she ended up finding the idol to save her from future eliminations. Val from the Hunahpu tribe displayed a hidden agenda by keeping this information from her other teammates.

I look forward to see what happens next!