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Student Learning Conferences on April 25 & 26
Next week we very much look forward to welcoming you to campus to share in your child’s learning. These conferences will be student led. A Student Led Learning Conference is an opportunity for students to share all aspects of their learning with their parents.
Why do we have Student led Learning conferences?
Benefits for the student:
- Builds knowledge of themselves.
- Enhances self-esteem.
- Involves them in their own reflection and evaluation, helping them take more responsibility for their learning.
- Helps them make connections across and between the subjects.
- Provides an opportunity to discuss their learning and the skills involved in metacognition.
- Develops and extends communication and organizational skills.
- Empowers students to set meaningful goals for themselves.
Benefits for the teacher:
- Enriches understanding of students.
- Builds on and supports classroom assessment practices.
- Enables teachers to see interactions between parents and students.
- Provides opportunities for teachers to model constructive feedback.
- Strengthens communication between home and school.
Benefits for parents:
- Reinforces understanding of the Lincoln program, learning and assessment practices.
- Heightens awareness of your child’s ability to be responsible for their own learning.
- Provides an opportunity to discuss with your child his/her learning and the skills involved in metacognition.
- Provides an opportunity to see interactions between the teacher and your child.
- Helps reinforce understanding of the assessment and evaluation processes.
- Invites you to participate in the reporting process.
What to Expect
- Your child will be in charge of the conference and has prepared specific areas to share with you. Please allow your child to proceed with his/her plan.
- You will be shown work, see and share demonstrations of skills, and be told about the class.
- Several children may be conducting conferences in the classroom at the same time.
- Please do not bring other children and kindly switch off your mobile phone during the conference so that your attention to your child’s presentation can be uninterrupted. There is childcare provided for lincoln siblings in the playground.
- Your child may be unsure of your reactions to their presentation. Please provide encouragement and feedback as your child proceeds. Ask questions to clarify and try not to direct or control the conference.
- The teacher will be present to facilitate and support the conference. Please do not initiate discussions that will exclude your child’s participation.
- Expect your child to share his/her strengths, successes, best work, and learning in various subjects. Your child may suggest areas for improvement. Discussion of a plan or goal for improvement is encouraged.
Questions to ask your child during the conference:
- What was the process/strategy you used to create this piece of learning?
- What steps did you take to get to the final version?
- What did you learn about yourself doing this?
- What do you find easy/challenging about doing this?
- If you were to do it again, what would you do differently?
Suggestions for a successful conference:
- Do support your child and focus on the positive. Presenting their products, even to parents they love, may be stressful for them.
- Do focus on the ‘big picture’ rather than small details. For example, focus on the message of the essay they wrote or the supportive reasons and details rather than if they remembered to capitalize every sentence or spelled everything correctly.
- Do ask questions that encourage discussion about their learning process.
- Do be patient and give them time to finish their thoughts without interrupting them.
- Do turn off your cell phone during the conference and give them your full attention.
Becky Jobes - ES Principal