Finished up parent-teacher conferences this morning with a grand total of 2...out of 4. I had 10 scheduled for yesterday evening. Two canceled before school was out, and of the remaining 8, only 5 showed up. It has been an easy two days of conferences for me! But when you only have 15 kids to start with...
When I do my conferences, I start out with a self-evaluation sheet that each kid has filled out. I change the sheet a little from the fall conference to the spring conference. I basically ask each kid to describe their strengths and areas they need to improve on. This time, I added in what they are proud of themselves for, what they have enjoyed most this year, and what they are looking forward to.
It's a great way to start off conferences and the areas that they think they need to improve on are usually exactly the problems I need to bring up with parents. It makes those difficult conferences much easier. And, if a student comes with, they can have a semi-student-led-conference, because they can tell their parents why they chose what they did.
I really enjoy reading each of these self-evaluations. It gives me a lot of insight into how the kids are feeling, too. I LOVE that most of them wrote that Science and Social Studies were things they enjoyed most! In the fall, I had most of them say that they hated Social Studies because of all the facts you have to learn. That's not the way I teach Social Studies, and I'm glad to see them enjoying it more! And, almost everyone is looking forward to middle school. They had an Open House/Enrollment night this week, and it's all anyone could talk about.