This spring, Elementary and Middle School students will hold Student-Led Conferences rather than the traditional Parent-Teacher Conferences. SLCs empower students to take responsibility for their own learning and encourage students to reflect on their work and on themselves as learners. Students identify strengths and areas that need further improvement. Our ES and MS students began preparing for the SLCs by setting goals in the first quarter, collecting evidence, and reflecting on learning and growth. Student, parent and teacher roles are explained below:
The role of the student
From the moment you enter the classroom, your child will be in charge of leading you through the student-led conference. It is important that you follow his or her lead, as the timing of the student-led conference is limited. Students will have a check-off list to guide you through the conference and will be responsible for sharing their learning.
The role of the parents
This is the most exciting part … you are not in charge! As soon as you and your child enter the classroom, your child becomes the teacher and you become the student! Your child will have practiced how to share reflections of their work, share their growth in various subjects, and might even demonstrate new skills they have learned. Please ask your child questions to help guide them in sharing more about their learning. There is a lot for you to see on this special day, so please ensure your child has your full attention. Please respect that another family may be in the room at the same time as you, so please save socializing with others until after the conference. Please make other arrangements for younger siblings, and turn cell phones to vibrate. Parents are always welcome to schedule a face to face meeting with teachers at any time. Contact your child's teacher directly, or call Ms. Oumou to set up a meeting.
The role of the teacher
During the student-led conference, your child’s teacher will be in the classroom. Teachers will provide students with support and assist them as needed. This is an opportunity for parents and teachers to see and hear how much students have learned this year! Please remember this is not a traditional parent-teacher conference – teachers will be present and active in the classroom but will not be leading the conference. Teachers will interact with different students and families as needed.
What you will see and hear
Once you arrive, your child will be leading you through the conference. You will see and hear what learning your child has learned in Reading, Writing, Math, Social Studies, Science and overall goals. You will be viewing pieces of work that your child has selected to share with you to show their progress, strengths, and challenges. You may play a game or listen to your child read. You will likely see happy smiles and hear many positive comments about your child’s learning!
Helpful Questions for Parents at Student-Led Conferences
The following questions could be used to help encourage your child to share more about their learning during their conference. You do not need to ask all of these, nor is it encouraged, as your child will lead the conference. However, these are meant to be a guide to encourage and support your child to be thoughtful with their reflections.