Student lead parent teacher interviews

Wildwood Elementary School take a student led approach when their parents come in to find out about how their child is going at school.

“Parent teacher conferences at Wildwood Elementary are actually a time when the teachers do very little talking. Instead, the students run the conferences, informing their parents about how they’re doing, what their goals are going forward, and what kind of learners they are.” Student-Led Conferences: Empowerment and Ownership, Edutopia.

Click here to find out how Wildwood Elementary make these student led conferences work, the post also includes resources for teachers to use with students and parent to run student led conferences.

How can we involve students when we have parent teacher interviews? Do we have the students come in with the parent? Do we get students to show parents and explain their learning? Could we?

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2 thoughts on “Student lead parent teacher interviews

  1. Salisbury High is using student led conferences in a a range of initiatives around getting students to have greater understanding and control over their learning goals. Below is an extract form the school handbook.

    Student Led Conferences are held on the
    last Wednesday of Terms 1, 2 and 3.
    Students will bring home an invitation from
    their Care Group Teacher. Times are
    available from 2.00pm to 6.45pm.
    Students are required to attend to present
    a report on their progress and their action
    plans for improvement.

    • Thanks Graham. I think at the moment our parent teacher interviews are very teacher focused i.e. we control what is said and shown to parents. Students are often not even in the interview. It would be interesting to see how we could shift this balance gradually away from the teacher to the student and what benefits that might bring.

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