Student-Led Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th & Wednesday, February 19th from 3:10pm to 5:20pm. *Please sign up for a time slot on the sheets posted outside of the classroom.*
Below is a copy of the Student-Led Conference information that was sent home on Tuesday which provides a great overview of the purpose of Student-Led Conferences.
ABOUT STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES
The purpose of student-led conferences is to open the eyes of students to their own learning and to help them take personal responsibility for their progress. In the traditional parent-teacher conference, students are “third parties” to assessment, hearing about their progress through the grapevine of teachers and parents. Teachers and parents do play a vital role in assessment but students must also take an active role in this area to maximize their potential for success. In preparing for a student-led conference, students see how their strengths, weaknesses and behaviour can affect them as learners thus allowing them to take more responsibility for and control over their achievement in school. Student-Led Conferences are an experience that can improve the communication patterns of both students and parents. In a Student-Led Conference, students learn how to reflect on their learning, evaluate their progress and communicate this information to their parents. Parents listen to their child, encourage growth and learn how to best help their student with specific problems.
HINTS FOR PARENTS
Express positive interest and anticipation about the upcoming conference
Be on time
Listen and respond to the student (not the teacher)
Express pride in growth and progress
Ask questions (see below for samples)
Be positive, offering to help in areas where improvement is needed
Recognize that students need to develop independence in communicating progress – the teacher will be there to facilitate and answer specific questions but will not take charge of the conference
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING THE CONFERENCE
• Can you explain this to me?
• How did you come up with this idea?
• How have you grown in this subject?
• How can you improve in this subject?
• How can we help you at home?
• What was important to you about this?
• If you could do this work over again, how would you change it?
Thank-you for supporting our work and the learning of your child!
Mrs.Friesen & Mrs.Hodgins