What is student-led conference?
Student Led Conference (SLC) is a form of unit report advocated by of PYP primary school project. It involves parents, students, and teachers. They are partners with each other, which reflects the IB learner community values of PIEP kindergarten. The student led meeting is different from the traditional parent meeting mode, which is jointly attended by students and parents. During the meeting, students will explain their works in the inquiry unit to their parents to show their understanding in different learning situations and share their own progress. At the same time, they will reflect on their areas for improvement and exercise their communication, social and self-management abilities. This is a form of evaluating students' learning process.
From childhood, children develop a sense of responsibility for their studies, show their understanding through various learning situations, and show feedback on their learning and growing works.
In the student led conference, the teacher's role is the supporter, and the student is the leader.
The role of parents in student led meetings is:
Listeners: listen carefully to children's work and achievements in the PIEP learning community;
Supporters: communicate with the children regarding what they are doing and give them affirmation and encouragement;
Reflective: reflect with children on how to support them to achieve their goals and promote their learning at home.
Stimulate children's initiative
Voice: encourage and respect opinions; respect children's voice; learners make decisions
Dominance: why we learn, what we learn, and how we learn; learners set their own goals and get support for reflection
Options: own your failures and successes; develop self-confidence and interest
Let children really become masters of learning
We should comply with children's curiosity, respect their interests and needs, and help them create an active environment, so that children can cultivate the habit of independent learning through independent thought, independent inquiry and independent practice.
In this semester's student led conference activities, we give the leadership to the children, and the children are responsible for leading the whole meeting, showing parents the knowledge they have learned in core courses such as bilingual immersion, mathematics, inquiry, physical health, and other professional courses, and demonstrating the remarkable growth of children under the concept of IB education.
Empathetic, understanding of children's learning
IB concept has always emphasized respectful education. In this student led meeting, parents have the opportunity to experience their children's learning experience with the help of different learning situations. Children also reflect on what they have learned in a unit, and how to learn and analyze their own successes and shortcomings, as well as establish their own learning goals. At the same time, the training of children's communication, organization and communication skills, so that parents can more clearly understand their children's individual learning situation. Parents are also for the first time standing in the children's perspective, to experience their learning achievements and learning needs, they can give more appropriate support to their children's learning.
Student Led Conferencing is an indispensable part of the PYP learning journey, enabling children to practice the characteristics of learners with PYP holistic development. Children affirm, summarize and reflect on themselves. They are more critical in the choice of learning methods, and are proud to share their experiences and challenges with their parents.
As the participants of Student Led Conference, parents have a deeper understanding of their children's learning situation and pay greater attention to their children's growth. This form of meeting helps to build a unique partnership between the family and the school and becomes a valuable time to celebrate the results of children's growth.
Teachers and children have prepared thoroughly. Parents express support through their participation and affirmation. Therefore, there is much to be gained for everyone.