big “ blow outs ” W r i t i n g
This second reflection should generally address your own performance in the team as well as the performance of each of your team members thus far in the semester. In question 1, you are to award up to 15 participation points to yourself with strong justification for the points awarded based on the questions below (refer to pages 5 & 6 of the syllabus for further insight). Your responses to questions 2 & 3 will contribute to the preparation of the area of “conflict and hidden agendas” in your final presentation.
- Evaluate your performance AND the performance of each of your team members (both “behind the scenes” and during your team teaching presentation) following these A, B, Cs: Attendance and readiness at meetings; Behavior and attitude toward the team and the project; and Contribution and focus on the task during the meeting. Be sure to state exactly how many points you believe you (and each team member) have earned based on your evaluation and WHY.
Use the following as a guideline for awarding points:
9-10 points = A (Superior; goes well above and beyond minimum expected)
8-8.5 points = B (Above Average; goes above the minimum expected)
7-7.5 points = C (Average; does the minimum expected)
6-6.5 points = D (Below Average; does less than the minimum expected)
5 or below = F (Failing; does significantly less than the minimum expected)
- As you’ve worked with your team members, inevitably conflict has arisen. Describe at least two distinct conflicts your team is having (or has had). These conflicts do not have to have been big “blow outs” between members; it could be something as simple as having your own conflicting idea or not agreeing with someone’s point of view. Be sure to identify the type of conflict (e.g., task, personal, procedural), the style of conflicts you observed being used (e.g., avoiding, accommodating, etc.), and whether you think it was constructive or destructive. Be sure to make direct reference to relevant concepts from Chapter 8. If you are noticing an absence of any disagreements or critical engagement with ideas, you may be victims of groupthink. Review the symptoms of groupthink and explain, making direct reference to the symptoms, why you believe your team is, or is not, engaging in groupthink (pages 151-153).
NOTE: As you write your papers, be sure to make direct reference to specific concepts from the text (relevant chapters and page numbers should be provided) and to use relevant, detailed examples from your experiences within your team(s). It is important that you fully develop your ideas. When you assert something to be so, be sure to provide explanatory detail and examples to support your assertion; this is particularly important for question one. Show that you have put self-reflective thought and concentrated effort into each reflection log.
Please remember that these papers are completely confidential; they will be seen by no one other than you, me and anyone with whom you wish to share them. In light of that fact, you are encouraged to be completely honest about what you are experiencing and feeling while you are working with your team(s). What you tell me stays between us and will have absolutely no impact (positive or negative) on the grade of any other member of your team(s). Please keep in mind, however, that I want you to share at least some of the content of these papers in order to contribute to the overall content of your final presentation as well as to facilitate open, honest, directed communication between team members about individual experiences within your team(s).