Student-Led Instead of Parent-Teacher Dread

Students should have the opportunity to have a say so in their learning and discuss their strengths, weaknesses, and career goals!

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OVERVIEW: Students should have the opportunity to discuss their own learning through student led conferences. Here parents can hear straight from the student's mouth how they are feeling when they learn and why they may struggle or do well in some areas more than others.  Students can even go as far as discussing career goals and their plans for their future. This would help greatly with non English speaking families or with families where, in their culture, school may not be important. It would be great for parents to hear how their child feels about school as a whole! 

Follow the link below to view more information about this idea!

Major points for this idea include the following: 

  • Building communications skills including speaking and listening.
  • Allowing students to take ownership of their learning. 
  • Making connections between learning and career opportunities in the future. 
  • Discussing who students are as learners themselves. 
  • Building relationships with families and the community. 

While viewing some of the items in the Google Doc linked above, these may be words that you may need more clarification on. 

M.A.P-  Measure of Academic Progress, is a computerized adaptive test which helps teachers, parents, and administrators improve learning for all students and make informed decisions to promote a child's academic growth.

AVID - which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.

AVID One pager- A one pager is a single-page response to your reading of a poem, novel, chapter of a book, or other piece of writing. It is a way to communicate your understanding of the material in a unique way. A one-pager allows you to be creative and experimental.

Voice Thread - is an interactive collaboration and sharing tool that enables users to add images, documents, and videos, and to which other users can add voice, text, audio file, or video comments.


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Photo of Candice Mott

Not new but student-led conferences are highly effective. Add in digital tours of learning to support discussions around what has been learned and what new goals can be collaboratively set.

Photo of Lache Williams

Thank you!

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