Team Triangle Count

Author
Clif Kussmaul, Muhlenberg College, clif@kussmaul.org
NA Name
Team Triangle Count
Summary
Students work in teams to count the number of triangles in a
complex figure, and the experience is used to prompt discussion of
a variety of team issues.
Instructor assigns students to teams of 3-5.
Instructor tells teams to count the number of triangles in a
complex figure.
Teams work for 5-10 minutes, instructor circulates to see what is
happening.
Instructor tells teams to stop counting and consider the following
questions:
·      Who did what on the team? How did you choose these roles?
·      What strategy(s) did your team consider?
·      How did you choose the strategy(s) you implemented?
Teams briefly report their answers to the entire class.
Instructor leads additional discussion if time and interest permit.
Topics
team dynamics, decision making, problem solving
Strengths
·      duration of activity is flexible, depending on content, student interest, etc.
·      requires little preparation
Weaknesses
·      focuses on short-term rather than long-term team issues
Variants
·      use other tasks
·      follow with a reflective writing assignment