Student-Led Conferences: Let Your Students Take The Lead

Hopefully your school year is off to a great start.  It’s hard to believe that Parent/Teacher Conferences are just around the corner.  I have been reading about student-led conferences over the past year and am intrigued by the idea. It seems like a great way to get students to reflect on their abilities and take ownership of their learning.    Here is an informative article about student-led conferences and how teachers have successfully implemented the process at a variety of grade levels. 

While I haven’t participated in a student-led conference as a teacher, I definitely see the value in the concept as a parent. At the end of each grading period last year, my second-grader brought home a self-evaluation sheet, which we would then look compare with her report card to see how they matched up. We had our very own student-led Parent/Child conferences!  I loved this experience, because I felt that it helped her determine where she was doing well and where she needed improvement.  This type of Progress Report would be a great tool for a student use during a student-led conference.  If you would like a free downloadable copy of a Student Self-Evaluation Progress Report, click on the links at the bottom of the page.

We want to hear from you! Have you ever tried student-led conferences?  Did they work, or were they a disastrous mess?  Can you share any tips on how to make student-led conferences run smoothly?

Student Self-Evaluation Progress Report

Student Self-Evaluation Progress Report (without subjects)


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Post Author: Lori

Lori L does many things here at Simple Solutions, including writing blogs and math problems. She has an Elementary Education degree from Cleveland State University and taught many grades during her 15 years at St. Paschal Baylon School in Ohio, the first school that ever used Simple Solutions. She and her husband have two amazing children. She loves all things Cleveland including the Cleveland Ballet, Cavs, Indians, and even the Browns.

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