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?