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?