Mr. Cripps

Mr Cripps Co-op

Journal Entry #8: Good Day



As an employee, you have many interactions with others and are given different responsibilities. Reflecting on your work experience so far:


  • Describe and analyze a really good day.
  • What made this day so special?
  • How did others make you feel?
  • Give examples of things that you did that illustrate how you have grown in knowledge and expertise since beginning your Coop 120 placement.




Posted: May 26, 2020


Journal Entry #7: You're the Boss - Reflection


For this entry, take the perspective of your employer and use that point of view to analyze the job you're doing now.


  • What qualities would you look for on a résumé for working in this industry? Why are those qualities advantageous?
  • What kind of personality would be a good fit for this job? Describe some key attributes.
  • How do you know when an employee is ready to perform a task independently?
  • How do you know when to give an employee more challenging responsibilities?
  • What would make the workplace more productive and successful, from your standpoint as an employer?


Posted: May 22, 2020


Journal Entry #6: Knowing Me, Knowing You - Reflection


Think about an intense issue or experience you've had on the job – maybe a stressful moment working on a task, or a disagreement with a co-worker, or even a moment of pride and satisfaction.


  • Describe the situation, including how you felt and how you behaved.
  • How do aspects of your personality profile explain the way you felt about the situation?
  • How do aspects of your personality profile explain the way you acted in that situation?


Now think about a situation on the job that involved at least one other person who reacted differently from the way you did. Use what you know about personality traits to suggest an explanation for the differences between your reactions. How did you use your knowledge of personality to help you understand and deal with your co-worker's differences?


Due Date: 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Posted: May 11, 2020

Journal Entry #5: Secrets of Success - This can be completed as a reflection.

  • When you think of a person who is successful, what attributes/skills do you consider?
  • Explain why these attributes are important to you.
  • How do these attributes relate to your Coop 120 workplace?
  • Identify a person at your workplace that you would consider to be successful. Explain what it is about that person's skills, attitudes, approach, or knowledge that makes them successful – give several examples.
  • What characteristics of this person would you like to model?
  • Give examples of how you can build your own attitudes and skills to be more successful.

Posted: May 5, 2020


Journal Entry #4: Got Problems? This can be completed as a reflection.


In the workplace, people are expected to solve problems on a daily basis. Describe a situation in which a problem occurred at your workplace.


  • What was the problem and (how) was it resolved?
  • Take a look at the problem again, and apply the problem-solving process in hindsight. If the process wasn't used, describe how it could have been. Be sure to describe each step:
    • Define the problem and its impact. What were the needs/wants in this situation?
    • Analyze the problem. What were the root causes? Who could shed more light on the problem?
    • Generate solutions. Be creative.
    • Evaluate solutions.
    • Choose the best action.
    • Evaluate the result. How do you know you've made the best decision?
  • After reflecting on the problem, do you think you could have come up with a better solution? Why or why not?


Posted: April 27, 2020


Journal Entry #3: The "I" in Team - This can be completed as a reflection.


In a workplace, no person can function in isolation. Teamwork and communication are critical components. You might work with a group of people all doing a similar job, and/or you might be part of a cross-functional team with members doing very different tasks toward the same goal. Your supervisor is typically part of your team, too.


  • Describe what you and your co-workers and supervisor are working to accomplish. What is the purpose and goal(s) of your team?
  • What do you do to contribute toward the goal(s) of the team? How do you see yourself as an effective member?
  • Describe how some of the tasks and interactions you do relate to the work of others.
  • Describe how employees interact within your organization to get a specific task accomplished, and how they interact as part of a team.
  • What could go wrong if your team didn't "pull together"? Give two specific examples of how a breakdown in communication, or a failure to work as a team could have a harmful impact on your team's goals.



Journal Entry #2: Safety First - This can be completed as a reflection


Define the role that safety plays in your workplace by answering the following questions:


  • What precautions must be taken to ensure that there is a safe working environment?
  • What role do you play in keeping things safe?
  • Identify potential hazards in your workplace and explain the process used to prevent accidents or injuries from occurring.
  • What emergency strategies have been discussed with you? Are you confident you would know what to do in an emergency situation?


Identify some things that you can do, or work on, to make you even more confident and aware of the steps to take in an emergency situation.



Journal Entry #1. This can be completed as a reflection.

Describe highlights of your first few week on the job, including the answers to the following questions:


  • What were your impressions during your first day on the job?
  • Did things change as you began to work?
  • Briefly describe two or three goals you have for your future career. How did you plan to begin working on these goals through your Coop placement?
  • Describe the responsibilities you were given
  • What responsibilities did you hope to receive as your work placement progressed?
  • Describe one or two things that you would of liked to have changed about your placement and/or expectations that you may have had


I hope you are all feeling well and staying connected with each other.

I will be posting a continuous learning opportunity weekly. Please keep in mind that these will be opportunities, not requirements. At home learning is going to be about balance and I do not want you to feel overwhelmed. If you have any questions or if you need some assistance please do not hesitate to email me at  


Follow the link below to a quiz to discover your personality type, your strengths and interest. When completed check out some of the careers that pertain to your personality.





Posted: April 4, 2020

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