# y: Book Quiz Blue

13.1 Case Study: Book Quiz Blues?

As a community service project, Trey Morgan volunteered to coach a Book Quiz team of fourth graders at a local elementary school. As a college student majoring in education, Trey was excited for the opportunity to work one-on-one with children to prepare them for the competition. He felt it would give him a good indication of how much he would like teaching and whether he would be a good teacher.

“Who cares if we look like idiots?” he asks. “I didn’t ask to be on this team. I got put on this team. It’s a stupid competition.” Marco gets mad. “Garrett, we are going to lose because you and Shelby won’t read. I don’t like losing, and when we do, it will be your fault.” Shelby and Claire both start to cry, with Claire saying she feels awful because she can’t read as much anymore and she is letting everyone down. “I have too much to do,” she wails. Garrett gets up and spins in circles. Marco looks at Trey. “Aren’t you going to do something?” he demands angrily. Trey thinks to himself that if he does anything it will be to change his major to business.

Questions

1. Obviously, things are not working out well for Trey and his team. If you were Trey, how would you have proceeded from the beginning to help the team avoid or overcome its obstacles?

2. Based on the seven obstacles discussed in this chapter, identify which obstacles each of the team members (Claire, Shelby, Marco, and Garrett) is facing.

3. Some of Trey’s team members seem to lack motivation. Based on expectancy theory, how could Trey help his team members feel competent, get what they expect, and value what they do?

4. Based on how his team is feeling and doing, identify three specific things Trey could do to help his students.

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4. List relevant quantitative data

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5. Describe the results of your analysis

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6. Describe alternative actions

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7. Describe your preferred action plan

Write a clear statement of what you would recommend including short, medium and long-term steps to be carried out.

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