GDWP: Reflection Essay Assignment

GDWP:

Group Discussion and Written Project

Reflection Essay Assignment
Updated November 7, 2010

Assignment Guidelines

Before GDWP grade will be entered for a student, the student must provide Reflections within 2 weeks after the GDWP is given. Student will submit to info@sans.edu a written document not to exceed 2 to 3 typed pages (single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs) reflecting on student's own performance and student's use of leadership skills, and on the partner's performance and the partner's use of leadership skills. Please refer to President Northcutt's essay on leadership (located at http://www.sans.edu/resources/leadershiplab/leadership_essay.php) before beginning this assignment.

The reflection should be more than just a summary of the assignment and should include:

  1. Overall performance of team
    1. What did the team do well, what are some areas of improvement?
    2. Discuss your project management methodology; how did you and your team stay organized and on task?
  2. Individual performance
    1. Discuss leadership skills utilized during the project. Reference competencies outlined in President Northcutt's essay on leadership as well as 2 additional sources. What did you find as a challenge? Using your sources on leadership competencies please discuss some advice as to how you would address that challenge next time.
    2. How well did you communicate with your partner(s)? What communication techniques did you use?
  3. Team members performance
    1. Discuss leadership skills you observed from your partner(s) during the project. Reference competencies outlined in President Northcutt's essay on leadership as well as additional sources.
    2. How well did your partner(s) communicate with you?

Scoring (Pass/Fail)

You will receive credit for this assignment based on the following guidelines:

  1. Quality of writing. (A quality paper will have good to excellent content and/or structure, clean spelling and good to excellent use of language).
  2. Was there depth in the student's reflections regarding the GDWP assignment? How well did the student articulate the leadership competencies they utilized in the essay?
  3. Did the student follow the reflection assignment guidelines?