By now you are probably deep into NHD project mode. Many of you have probably already decided if you are working alone or individually. Just in case you are still trying to decide what will work best for your project….here are some ideas.
One thing that is great about National History Day is that it gives you the option to either work alone or work in a group. So I started thinking if I would rather work by myself or with other people. So I made a pro and con list about each option. Maybe my list can help you make this decision for yourself.
The advantages of working by myself is that I will increase my independence, I will be the only decision maker, I can work wherever and whenever I want, and I will not face any differences in opinion or in work ethic. On the other hand, the disadvantages of working alone is that I would be responsible for all costs, I would not use my collaborative skills (putting everyone’s ideas into one main thought), and I would not have any partner there to motivate me to continue working.
The advantages of working as a member of a group would be that I can improve on my “working with others” skills, I would be able to share project costs, decisions could be made together, and one of my partners maybe better at something than I am and be able to bring his or her skill to the project. However, working in a group can also lead to some problems. It maybe difficult for us to find a time for all of us to meet, we may have differences in opinion, some of us may work differently than others, and it will be necessary to know where everyone is on their part of their project so that we finish everything on time.
My dream partner would be one who did not have any of the five following characteristics: are lazy and don’t help much, are funny but don’t do anything besides get a few laughs, are counting on me for doing most of the work, have such busy schedules that it would be impossible for us to meet, or are control freaks and would not listen to any of my ideas.
Most importantly, I think its best for everyone to follow their instincts. Truly only you know what is best for you: either that is working alone or working within a group of people for big projects.
Ali, Delaware Historical Society Intern