We have hopes of shifting towards a student led conference model here at DuJardin School. We make student ownership and leadership a priority in the classroom, it only makes sense to have them lead their own conferences. The self reflection our kids engage in on a regular basis, in addition to the rich feedback Standards Based Grading and Reporting elicits, allows for students to really take over when it comes to talking about their progress. Of course, there's the necessary teacher input and instructional perspective, but why not allow the kids rock n' roll with this?
Right now, without the students physically there to facilitate their parent teacher conferences, a brilliant idea (shoutout to Miss Beckwith) arose! How about the kids record a little video, using one of our favorite video tools, Flipgrid, to dive deeper and give their own perspective on their learning? You wouldn't believe how honest and meaningful their reflections were. Some of our students even recorded messages in their native languages for their parents to watch. Oh- and if the parents couldn't attend the conference, they still got to see their sweet faces and hear their cute voices on video!
Many of our teachers started their conference with what matters- THE STUDENTS. Not the data, but the videos of the kids articulating areas of strength, growth, and more. Parents cried and smiled in delight as their seven year olds shared about their school experience.
Check out the examples below :)