1st person with active voice, outcome vocabulary

1st person with active voice, outcome vocabulary
Description: What is the stimulant for reflection? (incident, event, theoretical idea) What are you going to reflect on?
– group task to conduct a study on pain as a motivator towards food preference
– gather enough data to write a lab report
– work together to gather participants from our social group and conduct the study
– specific roles and responsibilities decided for each team member through a volunteer process
– focus is on reflecting on how we worked as a team to achieve the end result

Feelings: What were your reactions and feelings?
– initial feelings is that the group worked well together on a whole
– Every opinion was considered and ideas concluded together
– Some group members more unreliable than others (one kept missing sessions to look after a dog) which was frustrating to the rest of the team
– Enjoyed working with other group members, made some lasting friendships
– Honest opinions were given on those slightly more unreliable, however it didn’t effect team morale or drive to succeed
– There was no element of selfishness and all ideas and thoughts were shared between one another, truly a team effort

Evaluation: What was good and bad about the experience? Make value judgements.
– important to gain invaluable experience conducting a scientific lab study. Also, to help not only myself but the rest of the group, good grades and a good degree
– interesting as It’s something I’ve not done before and involved active participation rather than sitting and typing at a computer, which most university assignments are
– useful as skills gained can also be used in a working environment, personal development makes me more employable and skilful
– relevant to my degree and course

Analysis: What sense can you make of the situation? Bring in ideas from outside the experience to help you. What was really going on?
– my role: team worker e.g. stayed away from confrontation and focused on working together to achieve an end result
– JN: co-ordinator – often came across as bossy and a little intrusive (leader)
– MT: specialist – often absent and was instigator of conflict between the group
– KF: shaper – proactive and dynamic
– MU: implementer
– KS: monitor evaluator
– Main channel of communication was a Facebook group chat, this was where any decision making and planning took place, with JN leading most of the process. This was effective as it gave structure
to the planning with a clear leader
– Conflicts arose where there were disagreements about people taking ownership of their roles
– Such conflicts were resolved by those involved explaining their feelings and agreeing to take more ownership
– I did not get involved in said conflicts and let them resolve between themselves
– In future, I could act as a mediator or neutral person to help dissolve the situation quicker and more effectively

Conclusions (general): What can be concluded, in a general sense, from these experiences and the analyses you have undertaken?
– improved soft skills such as communication, team work, interpersonal, problem solving and conflict resolution which is good personal development and can be useful in a workplace
– enjoyed working and making lasting relationships with other team members
– better communication and understanding of individual’s roles could have helped the groups functioning
– weekly reflection and more face-to-face meets could have also helped the communication and thus the functioning

Conclusions (specific): What can be concluded about your own specific, unique, personal situation or ways of working?
– I am quite opinionated normally, which did not come across in the group task as I may have been over shadowed by some
– lack of confidence in the task in hand may also have hindered this also
– a more in depth knowledge and understanding of the complete process may have allowed me to take a more leadership approach and ensure everyone’s voice is heard
– better on-going reflection and discussion throughout the task may have avoided conflict

Personal Action plan: What are you going to do differently in this type of situation next time? What steps are you going to take on the basis of what you have learnt?
– commitment: demonstrate my commitment by ensuring I am fully confident in the task in hand, which will allow me to be more vocal and contribute to a high standard
– perseverance: consider the potential problems and how to overcome these,
– prioritise: ensure efficiency and effectiveness by prioritising urgent tasks
– write down plan/list and tick off: have a visual aid in order to see what tasks need attention and focus. Create contingencies as backups
– goals: set clear and defined goals which are realistic and achievable, also write these down and put these up as a reminder and motivation
– review: regularly revise plans as situations can change, adapt and implement contingency plans

Marking Criteria: Reflective log

Marking criteria: To what extent and how well has the student met the descriptors below. Fail Third 2.2 2.1 First
Criteria <40 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+
Description
a. What happened? – describe the experience you are reflecting upon.
b. What is being examined? – describe what aspect of it you are focusing on.
Interpretation
Identify and describe what is most:
a. important about the experience
b. interesting about the experience
c. useful about the experience
d. relevant about the experience
Outcome
a. What have you learned from this experience?
b. What does this mean for your future?
Writing Style
a. Clear structured and grammatically correct prose
b. Written in first person with use of active voice

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