Junior School Students Demonstrate Their Learning in a Personal Way

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by Nancy Richards, Director of the Junior School

During the final two weeks of Term Two each year, Junior School students turn the traditional parent teacher interview format upside-down by taking a lead role in the ‘student-led conference’.

Student-led conferences put the students at the centre of their learning, actively sharing their work, their knowledge and their reflections on their learning with their parents. Not only do they become more reflective, self-confident and self-directed learners through the process, but they take more responsibility in assessing their own learning and in sharing their knowledge. In some instances, they learn how to interact and explain their understanding, not only to their parents but to a larger audience.

Over the past few weeks, the students have been engaged in preparing for these conferences. They especially like the fact they have an opportunity to demonstrate and represent their understanding in a personal way, through a variety of choices such as special presentations, slideshows, and the creative use of technology, to name just a few.

As one parent told me: “The dynamic of the parent-teacher-student relationship changes with the student-led conference and encourages us all to work as a team to improve and celebrate learning.” And another remarked, “I think the conferences give children more of a sense of accountability and quite honestly, I’m more likely to attend when my child is the one leading the conference.”

Read what some of our Junior School teachers had to say in the past about student-led conferences.

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