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Students Leading the Way - Student-Led Conferences

Student-led conferences are the way of the future (and present, for the most part). Students are taking ownership of their learning and this style of conference allows the student to have a deeper understanding of their own progress. Teachers play an important role in these conferences, albeit a different one. Check out these resources and you'll be on your way to embracing and excelling at making the most of your student-led conference!
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Students Leading the Way - Student-Led Conferences
  • Melissa Williams says:
    A series of videos are presented here so that you can see first-hand how these conferences can look. Take the parts that work for you and your particular students and add in your own personal touches!
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Portfolios are an essential part of student-led conferences, again giving students ownership of their learning and allowing them (and their parents...and you!) insight into the big picture. Side note: on page one of the PDF, check out the adorable curtains on the bulletin boards; inspiration is everywhere when you're a teacher!
  • Melissa Williams says:
    I was personally so excited to stumble upon this site! Real teachers share their experiences and awesome ideas for student-led conferences. Learn from some of the different approaches out there and adapt them to your unique classroom.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This PDF chart is an excellent, well-organized resource. Discover the best questions to ask your student and their parents to keep the conference on topic and rolling forward efficiently (time is always so limited after all)! I've printed off this chart to keep in my own files to refer to for future conferences.
  • teachingchannel.org
    teachingchannel.org

    Student-Led Conferences At The Elementary Grade Level

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    Melissa Williams says:
    Learn from one teacher's journey from basic discussions revolving around report cards to more dynamic conferences. Specifically geared towards early years classes (but adjustable for older grades too, in my opinion), Jane Fung details exactly how to go about facilitating interesting and informative conferences with students taking the lead.
  • thedailycafe.com
    thedailycafe.com

    Student-Led Conferences - The Daily Cafe

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    Melissa Williams says:
    Here you'll find some great templates for an early years student-led conference including a parent letter and a checklist. I also appreciate that the author touches on the engaging nature of these conferences.
  • educationworld.com
    educationworld.com

    Student-Led Conferences: A Growing Trend

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    Melissa Williams says:
    This article lays out the benefits of letting students take the lead and provides helpful pointers for the prep work needed ahead of time. It includes some advantages and disadvantages to take into consideration when planning your conferences. I like that this really gives me, as a teacher, something to think about. There's a possibility of combining traditional conference styles with the student-led approach, perhaps finding the perfect balance for your class!