Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Think Outside the Box: Student Led Conferences

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Tania said...

Love STC...huge hit in my classroom

Laura Webb said...

Eek! This sounds great for my conferences Thursday and Friday!


RealOCteachers said...

This is so amazing! I have been doing student led conferences and have received a lot of positive feedback from parents and students. Your student led conferences are a lot more thorough than mine were, however. Thanks for the detailed post. :)

The REAL Teachers of Orange County

Sara Soucy said...

This is so awesome!! I have always contemplated doing this but thought my 2nd graders were too young, but the way you laid it out is making me re-think SLC! I so want to do this now! Thank you for explaining each step with pictures.

Sara :)
Smiling In Second Grade

Amanda said...

Wow I just put it on my wish list and emailed this pot to myself so I can try it in February. In on board and kudos to you

D and K said...

I love this and would love a copy! I teach first grade so would need to change it a bit, but I can only imagine the kids' excitement! What an AMAZING idea and format. I would love to get a copy :)

Karyn said...

Wow! This is amazing! I remember attending a student led conference for my neice and nephew when they were in elementary school and I loved it! I've never done it myself (but I'm not a classroom teacher), however I would LOVE to try this with one of the teachers I teach with. I'm going to have to send her to this post to convince her! Looks like you thought of everything!


The Teaching Reef said...

This looks really fun and not to mention purposeful! I love how it holds the students accountable to what they have learned. I would love to try this before the year is over. I do have a question for you, I have a lot of families that do not speak English as their home language. Do you have any families like this? If so, how did you accommodate this? Love the idea!

Shannon Moyer

Kristen said...

WOW!! I don't know what else to say but wow!!! What an incredible idea and experience for the families! I'm starting conferences tomorrow and just dread that rushed feeling within the 15 minutes. I am going to seriously consider this for next year!!

Thank you! :)

Amy Howbert said...

Wonderful organization! I love the reading binders!!
Amy Howbert

Little Miss Organized

Schoolhouse Treasures said...

Wow - thanks for sharing this! This set looks quite comprehensive and your idea sounds wonderful! My school is thinking about moving in this direction and until now, I didn't see how it would be productive - but now I do!

Lisa R. said...

I haven't thought of this approach before, but I love this idea. Thanks for sharing!! :) Your pack is on my wishlist!
Learning Is Something to Treasure

Jen R. @ The Teachers' Cauldron said...

Wow! That is so awesome!! Congrats on now we'll it worked!!

Lesson Plan SOS Teachers said...

Hi Shannon! YES! We have a diverse community with a high hispanic population. I noticed that there would sometimes be a language barrier that would prevent some Spanish speaking families to the traditional parent teacher conferences. However, I actually noticed that this small group format had a MUCH BETTER turn out that the traditional format of conferences! I think it is because the student was present and they were the ones to "run the show." The families probably felt less intimidated and more confortable with this small group environment and their child there to help with the translations. I also asked our ELL teacher to be present during one of the 1/2 sessions because I knew two spanish speaking families would be present. :) Hope that helps!

Jill said...

I love this too!! I have 15 minute conferences so I can't do everything the way you did, but I am definitely going to borrow some ideas from you. Great job!!

Marvelous Multiagers!

bonniecronquist said...

Can I come and re- student teach in your room for like a whole year??? Or maybe just volunteer in your room for a whole year. You are such an awesome teacher!!!

Laurie said...

Yes. Yes. YES!

Rachel Lamb said...

we do a drop in student-led conferences. I had it open from 5-6 {and PTO was at 6...sneaky}, students had a schedule to follow and I don't say a word! That's the best!
Love this pack and the pictures! please come decorate for me! hehe

Ashley said...

I LOVE this! I had student "involved" conferences this year (it's only my first year - so I think even that was brave!) but I love this idea of having the kids show of what they are doing.. I'm going to try to implement next year- We'll see how second graders do! :)

Primary Teacherhood

Mrs. Hallman said...

I know that I am way behind getting the free copy of your unit, however, what a phenomenal idea!!! I would love to try this. I also teach third grade and this would be way better than reviewing all the data that I have to review each conference. Thanks for your insight, bravery and ideas!!!

jennifermeyer1 said...

I LOVE this idea. I have done student led conferecnes in a previous school district, but never in this way. You did a great job of incorporating the students in such a meaningful way. I definitely want to implement this for our next set of conferences.

Gina Coniglio said...

The past few years I have held student led conferences at the end of the year for my 3rd graders. This year I'm holding them at the beginning and end. I've been looking for forms etc. THANK YOU! This is so fantastic!! In the past I've used a reflection sheet I made to help guide the students. I also write up a conference form, meet with each student individually to go over it, and they explain it to their parents. It has always worked out great.Like you said if there any academic or behavioral concerns I meet with those parents privately. Thanks for this wonderful pack! Glad I was sent to your blog! I'm your newest follower!
Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

Gretchen Schultek said...

This is a fantastic post! Thank you so very much for writing. I am referring my student teacher to your page for more ideas!

Always A Lesson

Gina Coniglio said...

Hi again,
I just purchased your Student Led Conference pack! It is FANTASTIC!! My conferences are Friday and I have A LOT of work to do to prepare. I won't be able to do everything this time but I will at the end of the year and of course I will be more prepared next year! THANK YOU for sharing! Your hard work is greatly appreciated!!
Beach Sand and Lesson Plans


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Mrs. Space Geek said...

Thank you so much for this post. I am trying student led conferences for the first time and gathering as much information as I can. I really appreciate your attention to detail and how well you explained it all. I am going to use many of your suggestions and ideas. Thank you again. I am so excited!!!

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