I liked this weeks activities, not sure I could learn as much if every week was like this week. I think that we all belong to many teams. Some work for us, some work with us and hopefully none conspire against us. What a juggling act we have in managing all those systems and teams.
I met two of my team mates in person and two online. The in-person meeting was more real than the Skype meeting was for me. None the less, It was great to meet every one and put a face to the name. I did learn more about all my team mates and their strengths. It is surprising what shows up in a person, in person, that does not exist in text or e-mail. More than a name and hopefully more of me showed up…. than my very poor technology skills. Speaking of which, I thought I marked Ender’s Game private.
I belong, like most people to many teams. After many attempts at home, three visits to the tech support for a program I am using and one trip to the library, I till could not make things work. In week one I did mention that the blog thing was not working for me. No response from the instructor an nothing helpful from the site moderator. I wrote Ender’s game in sincere frustration to this leadership class. Again, while I thought I marked it private, I am sorry if anyone is upset by it, including the instructor of this class and I did mean every word of it.
That being said, I reached out to my family team. I told my kids I had had enough and was done. To which they replied, not a chance in Hell. If you do not finish this now you will never do it. I spoke to my dad, then my mom. While I detest cry babies and drama, I new my mother would hear what I was saying. I did confess to week one and two’s harsh critique of the class, use of technology, time/resource allocation and the instructor. Ultimately I decided that I need another team, for technology.
I will preface this with the fact that my grand kids have more technology skill than I do. When I could not get week one blog to work, after trying it for many hours, I asked one of my kids for help. After said child renamed me, and grumpily attempted helping me, he announced the problem was not me it was the site. Before I went to bed I emailed the teacher about blog not working. NOT ONE USEFUL RESPONSE CAME BACK. What did show up in the next class message was some snarky comment about how he does not respond if sent an e-mail question at 2 am. I sent it then because I did not want to forget and had hoped that there would be a response when I got home from work that night. I literally blew a gasket. Usually I do not like seeing another hurt or in distress and not trying to be of some use. It brought me the upmost joy, when I did start seeing other people say they were having trouble with the blog as well. Maybe even a cackle or two. And do not even get me started on why he, himself does not respond to questions ask. He is giving said earned grades, but most responses I find are from students. Bottom line, I do not like who this class makes me turn into.
I am generally even split white and yellow with far less, but even blue and red. I am nothing but screaming red doused in blue flames when it comes to this class. I can google how to fix my car, dryer, refrigerator or snake a drain, watch a video a few times and make it happen. There may be moments of frustration or trips to the hardware store , but it is doable.
Luckily I am in a class group that has not minded Krista telling me step by step how to get to google docs or what not. I found it on accident one day and could not find my way back for the assignment. I had never played 2 truths and a lie before and that was enjoyable. The desert game was challenging, I had a higher score on my own, 41, than with the group, 36. The boat exercise was interesting. “Humanity” started the game but “best chance of survival’ finished the game. Again with the technology…it took 10 minutes for me to figure out how to turn on the app store and download game. Fruit Ninja was the game we played. My first score was 3. The next game I got 7. The third game I got 17. Pretty humiliating, but the group did not rename me. This team is fairly patient and lead as well as follows. Evan’s did encourage us to speak our minds or justify our position. Nicole encouraged us to stay on track/task. Krista got us going and Rachel served us by typing the paper and in choosing an easy craft we could imitate. It turns out seeing a computer screen through a computer screen is much harder than I thought. I had step by step instructions that could not be seen well, or at all for the Skype-rs. I am gonna chalk that up to user error, mine.
I will utilize the this weeks information to build me one more team. A technology team or accommodation team. (Turns out the latter was doable and the first not so much.) Part of me feels extremely strongly that this is a leadership class, not technology 101. I should not have to choose which I will learn every week. I have been ready to vote myself off the team for 2 +weeks. I have no clue of what repercussions follow that choice. My team is pretty amazing. But any team is only as good as it’s weakest link.