During the past few weeks of school, middlers have been preparing for Student Led Conferences (SLCs). Sixth, seventh and eighth graders have used portions of advisory and/or classroom periods to maintain a portfolio of work collected from their classes. Students have also set goals for each class and determined an action plan for how to reach these goals. Classroom teachers and the advisor have guided the students, step by step through the process. This year’s SLCs will occur on Thursday, February 7th (3:30 – 7:00 pm) and Friday, February 8th (8:00 am – 3:00 pm).
The most important person in any school conference is the student, yet in traditional conferences, the student is not present to provide input. A student-led conference places students accountable for sharing their schoolwork, goals, strengths, and challenges with the parents and the advisor, and allows them an opportunity to take an active role in their own education.
Here is some advice for parents as you prepare for the conferences.
- Let your child take the lead. They can do it!
- Be positive. Celebrate the successes. Small wins add up quickly.
- Ask what he/she is most proud of.
- Ask what you can do to support your child’s learning or to help them achieve their stated goals.
- Ask for clarification if you do not understand something.
- Praise effort and skill development over grades.
- Save sensitive family or social topics for a private meeting with the teacher.