Student Lead Conferences
What Are Student Led Conferences And Why Do We Do Them?
Unlike the parent teacher conferences you may have participated in in your youth, our goal during these conferences is for students to talk about their learning as well as their goals. Too often conferences become adults talking to adults about a student. If a student understands and can talk about areas where they are strong and areas where they need to work, then they ( rather than their parents) tend to take ownership of their learning. We want students to take ownership of their learning. We want students to know what their goals are and track their progress on those goals. We want students to see their progress and know that they can grow and succeed. We also want students to advocate for themselves in the process of learning. This becomes increasingly important as they progress in school. Over time, the responsibility for learning shifts from the teacher to the student in higher education. If they learn to advocate for themselves rather than wait for an adult to advocate for them, they are more likely to succeed. That is why much of the emphasis during conferences is on students doing the talking.
In the past, we have received feedback from parents that they want to be able to ask questions and speak directly with teachers about their child’s performance and behavior. We would like conferences to allow for this as well. That is why time management is so important during this time. Teachers want to be able to meet with all parents whether their student is doing well or struggling. As a result, their schedules are tight. They will prepare students to talk about their learning while leaving time for parent questions. Conference times are about 20 minutes. Please help us manage this process by being on time and staying with the program. If you need more time to talk to a teacher, schedule that time with them before you leave.
Conferences are scheduled for November 9th or 10th. Students will be dismissed at noon on the 9th and are not expected to be at school again until November 13th unless they have a conference. No lunch will be served on the 9th. Sign up for a conference with your child’s teacher (s) from 12:30-8 on the 9th or 8-12 on the 10th. We look forward to seeing you soon.