Thursday, December 27, 2012

Student-led Conferences Support Self-Reflective Learners

We held our middle school student-led conferences in December which meant lots of preparation during an already busy time of year.  Feeling crunched for time, I set out to create some new student forms that would guide my 6th graders through the self-reflection process.  The timing works out pretty well, since we all try to do some self-reflection at the start of a new year.  Although I used this in December, I think it would fit nicely for a New Years Reflection project during the first week back from holiday break.  I can think of a few resolutions I wish my students would make!!

 Using four forms that had a newspaper-style appearance, we created "Middle School Me" booklets using 11 x 17 paper.  The booklet then became a portfolio folder, in which we collected some work samples to be discussed at the meeting. Students looked forward to completing and coloring their booklet, and I certainly appreciated all the information being in one location come conference day.  Check it out!

In the past I would often dread the student-led conferences.  I always felt that it was a little awkward for 11-13 year olds to lead a discussion about their social and academic progress.  After this year, my opinion is starting to change.  Now I'm curious...What strategies are other schools using to make the student-led conference process more rewarding and meaningful for students, parents and teachers?

No comments:

Post a Comment

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Disclosure

This policy is valid from 10 October 2013
This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. For questions about this blog, please contact scienceclassroomcafe@gmail.com.
This blog does not accept any form of cash advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. However, we will and do accept and keep free products, services, travel, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organizations. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All advertising is in the form of advertisements generated by a third party ad network. Those advertisements will be identified as paid advertisements. The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org