Conference Time

Conference Time

Something to Consider…

I wanted my students involved in the conference conversation. I did not want to talk about them without them. I even encouraged students to attend their conference. I encouraged students to advocate for themselves. I asked students to make sure their voice was present even if they could not accompany their parent/guardian. I provided prompts and questions for my students to share their learning journey, their successes, their failures, their triumphs, their joys, their concerns. I asked students to explain their grade narrative because really-what does A or B or C…really tell a parent/guardian? Each quarter, each year I modified the prompt and question list, but each quarter, each year I ended with the same: What is one thing you want me to tell your parents/guardians. Over the last ten years, one response varied in syntax, but similar in meaning was repeatedly scribed: That I’m a good kid. 

Please note: it was not a score on a test, a word count for a paper, an excuse for a less than desirable grade-it was a comment about character. Hmm…