The weeks leading up to Student-Led Conferences are always crazy and stressful. We usually have our conferences in May so having them last night and tonight was a change. We’ve only been back at school for a little over six weeks so it seemed really early. I was in a major panic to get my students prepared but I’m happy to report that they went really well!
I always love watching my students share their learning with their parents. This year I decided to involve the parents a little more and included a couple activities for parents to do WITH their child. It was neat to see the kids explaining how to complete a “See, Think, Wonder” chart with their parents.
The kids seemed to love showing their parents EPIC Reading on the iPads. Teachers, if you don’t already use this, I highly recommend it! My kiddos absolutely love it! You can access it from the Internet as well.
One of my favourite parts was having students share their “2 Stars and a Wish” with their parents and to have their parents fill one out for them. As they finished up, I gave them the one I had completed for their child. It was interesting to see just how many similarities there were – it looks like I’m on the same page as many of my parents! A few commented about how they wrote pretty much the same things I did, especially for goals for their child.
Doing the 2 Stars and a Wish helped a lot for report cards too. My copy gets attached as the “From Your Teacher” section, the child’s copy gets attached as the “Student Perspective” and we use the goals from all three for “Collaborative Goals.” Thank goodness too because mine are due next Friday. Yikes.
All in all it was super successful. I hope my students are proud of their learning and of sharing it with their parents.❤