Reflection and Feedback with Student Employees
We are all interested in seeing the students we work with succeed. Helping them to reflect on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) they are developing is a vital role you can play in supporting their success in meeting personal, professional, and academic goals.
Taking the time to connect for reflection and feedback can help your student employees see the purpose in their work. Students that see meaning and value in what they are doing tend to be more committed. Regular check-ins with student employees can help you catch challenges before they become roadblocks and providing regular feedback can improve job performance throughout their contract.
Reflection and feedback can be an important tools in getting the best out of your students.
Reflection and Feedback Resources
- The KSA Conversation Guide for Supervisors of Student Employees (DOC, 67KB) provides you with three meeting templates that support establishing commitment, checking in, and summarizing reflection and feedback. Each fillable template suggests what to share and what to ask during each meeting type.
- Many of the resources available for campus staff through the seven quality conversations of GOAL 2.0 program are also relevant to student employees.
- A Practical Gudie for Work-Integrated Learning (2016) has information of reflection on page 65 along with others ways to embed Experiential learning into work-based experiences.
- The Reflection Handbook from the Center for Leadership & Civic Education at Florida State University contains dozens of reflection activities to suit different methods and learning styles.