Instead of hours of teacher/ parent speculation, the fifth grade team spent the past two afternoons hosting student lead conferences. Students shared work samples and written reflections on topics such as “digital citizenship” and “upholding behavioral norms” as well as their work studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, math and science.
Most importantly, the highest stake holder led the conference, invariably guiding the conversation to what mattered most, be it the need for homework help or support in the social realm. Instead of speculation, all members of the student’s team had a opportunity to brainstorm the next actionable steps as a unit.
How can we continue to foster growth through thoughtful leadership and self reflection?