A student-led conference is a meeting with a student and his or her family and teachers during which the student shares his or her portfolio of work and discusses progress with family members. The student facilitates the meeting from start to finish. Student-led conferences can be implemented at all grade levels, K–12. Preparation for a conference creates an authentic purpose for good organizational and communication skills. The structure builds students’ sense of responsibility and accountability for their own learning, and it helps to hone their understanding of what it means to meet learning targets.
✔︎ Do arrive 5 minutes early.
✔︎ Do remember to address questions to your child, rather than the teacher.
✔︎ Do let genuine curiosity come through your questioning.
⭐️ Enjoy this time to build a closer connection with your child as you gain a deeper understanding of what he/she is learning at Hollis.
X Don't interrupt your child with questions. Save questions until the end.
X Don't send mixed messages by discussing the report card during the conference.
These questions can be used during your child’s conference as prompts when needed.
- What part of your work are you most proud of and why?
- What was challenging for you? Did it get easier as you went along?
- Share your Oral Reading Fluency (ORF) graph and explain how you’ve grown over the year? Were some passages harder than others? What made some passages harder or easier?
- What did you learn from your Math Unit Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) Task? How did this help you improve your math skills?
- Which one of the Six Habits of Hollis have you used to improve your academics? Which one of the Six Habits of Hollis have you used to improve your character?
- If you had to revise a piece of work, which one would you choose and how would you change it?
- What stood out the most with your learning?
- How can I help you at home?