“Critically reflect on your own and your group’s engagement and performance in the group work.”
For this task, you need to identify criteria that are used to assess effective group work and think about how well you and your group met these criteria. You need to read textbooks about team building, team roles, leadership styles and other relevant issues and think about the questions below.
- How well did group members work together to achieve the objective?
- Did anyone take a leadership role?
- Did everyone contribute?
- What role did you play?
- What went badly/ well?
- What could/should you have done differently?
- What were the challenges/problems?
- How were they solved?
- What did you learn about yourself and group dynamics through this task?
This handout from the University of Portsmouth provides a good introduction to reflection and useful language structures:
Reflective Writing – A Basic Introduction
5 Useful Tips For Students: Writing A Journalism Reflective Essay
The reflective essay is typically an assignment you will be given at the end of a semester or the end of a unique learning opportunity. It is an opportunity for you to reflect, as the name would suggest, upon your progress as an individual.
- The first tip to a journalism reflective essay is to thoroughly understand the purpose. The purpose is to explain and analyze your development. You need to focus on your future goals as well as your development as a student.
- The second tip is to make sure you include a discussion of the strengths that you have developed as a result of whatever event is coming to a close as well as the weaknesses that you have. You want to closely relate to your weaknesses by discussing how you were going to improve upon them in the future.
- The third tip is to use descriptive language. Only with descriptive language can you reader truly understand how familiar you are with the subject matter and how thoughtfully and critically you have thought about your personal development. Remember, again, this particular type of writing is one which is based upon your individual experiences so it is expected that you should write not only about yourself but about your ideas and about your opinions. This is one of the few areas where it is perfectly acceptable for you to use first-person narratives. Given that this particular assignment is one built upon your personal experiences you have the liberty to be as creative as you want. But of course you should not let your creativity take precedence over how important task you have.
- The fourth tip is to utilize good structure. The structure is very similar to many academic pieces where you should always support a position, perspective, or points that you are presenting. In most cases your teacher will tell you exactly what writing style and format they want you to use such as MLA or APA, or even Chicago. If your teacher did not explicitly state which one you should use in the instructions or assignment details you should check the syllabus. Many times teachers will include what format they require for the whole of the semester in the syllabus. If not, you can always ask your teacher.
- The fifth tip is to make sure that you use the body of your essay to develop how you have grown, what you have learned, what things you can apply to your future life pursuits or academic pursuits, how you failed to meet your goals or exceeded your goals. You do not want to simply tell your reader that you met some of your goals but rather show them through illustrations of your relevant experience.