Student Led Conferences

This past week we had our very first Student Led Conferences ever and they went great! I had some really great ideas but after trying to get back in a routine after missing 9 days for snow, 3 field trips in 1 week, Dr. Seuss dress up day, report card testing, and many other things going on I just had to go into survival mode and make it easy this time.

I set up stations and the kids got to play the part of the teacher and take their parents through the stations. 

At Station #1, they "popped" their balloon on the Promethean Board and then played a couple of easy games with their parents to show off their reading skills & let the parents see how fun the board can be!

At Station #2, they completed a simple math task with their parent so they could see how we do math in our math journals each day.   
At Station #3, they looked through their Data Notebooks with their parents and talked about their learning goals & wrote about what they felt they needed to accomplish In order to be ready for 1st grade. 
Their answers were great....
"I need to behave better."
"I need to learn to tie my own shoes."
"I want to read better."
"I should pay better attention more."
...and one little confident one said "I'm ready now!"
At Station #4, there were some easy readers that they could read to their parents using our snake reading pointers.
At Station #5, there was a school climate survey for the parents to fill out & offer feedback about the Student Led Conference vs. Parent-Teacher Conferences.   

Overall, I think our first ever Student Led Conferences were a success but I will definitely be looking for new ideas for next year! Comment with any suggestions please!


Miss Trayers said...

What a fun way to do student-led conferences! :) I have wanted to do this for long time, but wasn't sure how to approach it. Thank you so much for sharing!

Linda said...

Love your student led conferences!

Down the Learning Road

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I love these activities. I'm teaching summer school and will definitely include this kind of programm to our activities.

Lee Ann said...

What a great way to do student-led conferences! How long did it take for the parents to get through the whole thing? We are given 15 minutes for each conference, and this seems like it would be longer. Our parents are always full of questions so did you have time for questions/answers?