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Student-Led Conferences, Even at the Middle School…

I sit here quietly, listening to them speak… “I read 26 books this year, last year I read just read 10.” “I learned that if I study I do much better.” “I found out that I don’t work so well with my friends, so I can’t sit by them.” They say this with downcast eyes,… Continue reading Student-Led Conferences, Even at the Middle School…

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A Few Tips From a Parent for Better Parent-Teacher Conferences

‘Tis the season of parent teacher/conferences, not just for me as a teacher, but also for our three school-aged children.  Having been on both sides of the table now for a few years, I have been thinking about how we as teachers can use the parent perspective to prepare well.  So here are a few… Continue reading A Few Tips From a Parent for Better Parent-Teacher Conferences

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3 Ideas For More Meaningful 5 Minute Parent/Teacher Conferences

This week I had my first experience with the 5 minute drive-by conference.  You know the one; all the teachers in the lunchroom at their own table, parents waiting in line, and once the timer starts, off we go for non-stop talking, the only caveat being you only get 5 minutes.  Not exactly my cozy… Continue reading 3 Ideas For More Meaningful 5 Minute Parent/Teacher Conferences

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A Student-Led Conference

There they sit, hands clutching the paper, eyes shifting a little back and forth; the responsibility clearly weighing on them and yet…If you look a little closer, you will also notice poise, presence, and a sneaking calm.  The students are ready to state their goals, to own their learning; welcome to student-led conferences. Most of these… Continue reading A Student-Led Conference

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Let Them Speak – Why Student Led Conferences are the Right Choice

I admit it; yesterday morning even I thought I was crazy.  I was getting ready to unleash my students in their first student led conferences and with no experience to fall back upon, those 24 super nervous students were freaking me out.  And then something magical happened; it worked!  The students took their parents through… Continue reading Let Them Speak – Why Student Led Conferences are the Right Choice