Taking Ownership of Their Own Learning
According to John Hattie, an Australian educator and researcher, student self reporting of grades tops the list of activities students can engage in to increase their own student achievement (Hattie 2008). This is why we conduct Student Led Conferences on our parent/teacher conference days. Students are tasked with checking their own grades weekly in their advisory class third period. They are also given tasks the week leading up to the conferences which prepare them to share their strengths and challenges with parents and their teacher. This reflective process is instrumental in helping our students identify their areas for improvement so they can meet their mission of receiving all their credits at the end of each semester. Traditional parent/teacher conferences place all the preparation on the classroom teacher, which is usually welcomed by the student. With student led conferences, students take responsibility for their own learning and are forced to analyze why their grade is at its current level. As you go through these conferences with your student, please challenge them to answer for you any questions as to why they are receiving the grades they are sharing with you. This is an opportunity for growth for your teen. The struggle they go through is helping them mature and develop those higher level thinking skills they will need to be successful in life. We look forward to seeing you at these conferences on either October 25 or October 27.
Hattie, John A. (2008). Visible Learning: A Synthesis of Over 800 Meta-Analyses Relating to Achievement.