Hi there, I'm in desperate need of advice on how to handle a situation regarding group work.
My son has been paired with another (very intelligent) boy to do some work together a number of times this year. However, this boy does no share of the work at all. Two weeks ago they were asked to prepare a poster together. My son invited this boy round at the first weekend (he lives very close to us) but he did not show. Then, during the week my son has asked him to simply write up a couple of paragraphs on the computer which he has also failed to do. So, my son has prepared the poster himself over the last couple of evenings.
The problem is this: he doesn't want to fall out with this boy, or become a 'tell tale', but at the same time it seems unfair if the boy gets credit for something he has taken no part in.
I apologise if this sounds very whingy but I would appreciate any advice. Thanks
I would advise you and your son not to say anything at all to the school. It is the other boy who has missed out by not getting the experience of doing the work, and your son will have benefited. The other boy will no doubt feel some debt of gratitude to him as well. I think your son is a winner all round if he can resist the temptation to complain on this or any other occasion. The school will make sure that no-one can take credit for work they haven't done when it really matters, eg coursework.