Put Students in Your Shoes at Conference Time
This clever idea is by Karen, a 3rd Grade Teacher, in Columbus, OH.
As conference time rolls around, I have my students pretend to be me as they craft letters to their parents. I tell students that when I communicate with parents, I begin with something the child is doing well, then I share areas that need improvement, as well as some goals I would like the child to reach. This assignment always produces awesome results.
Not only do I gain insight into what my students believe my point of view to be, but I find that most students are quite realistic about their strengths and difficulties. In addition, by letting the parents read these letters, I easily provide us all with a perfect springboard to our actual parent-teacher conference discussions.
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