Saving 5 minutes in my day can mean the different between having time to do my Medicaid billing or time to write some emails. 5 minutes matters! When I’m supervising a graduate student, time becomes even more precious because I’m spending a lot of my day supporting my student, giving her feedback, and talking through things I could otherwise just do myself.
I work really hard at modeling effective feedback as an SLP, so I want to model that for my student clinician. Each day that she’s doing therapy, I write notes on a feedback sheet so that we can discuss and set goals. I’ve created this format in a digital fill-in PDF but for me, writing it is just most efficient so that’s what I do. I have one for treatment and one for evaluations. When I get to the end of the day, we sit down and spend some time going over the day’s sessions, celebrating successes and making a plan for the next day with things to focus on.
If my office was next to the copier, I’d just run a copy of that form and be done, but that isn’t the case. So instead I use an app called Tiny Scanner. You can also use the Apple Notes app or other PDF scanner apps. Tiny Scanner takes a picture and then converts it to a PDF. Then I upload the file to my Google drive. Then I give the paper copy to my student to keep.
Keeping these records is important for two reasons. This helps me record my clinician’s growth over time and they hold me accountable for focusing on many different areas of growth. For example, I don’t want to only give feedback on cueing levels while never discussing behavior management.
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