If you have not tried student-led conferences...it is a must! This is my second year to do them and I am thrilled with the response from parents and my students. This is a time for students to shine and to explain their areas of growth. It does have to be practiced, but student to get it. Many times parents are apprehensive at first, but realize they actually learn more about their child than from a 15 minute quick update with the teacher. My students are using the paper below as a reminder of what to do, but they really make it their own.
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