ERIC Number: EJ1091865
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
It's Time to Revamp the Parent-Teacher Conference Process: Let's Include the Child!
Parenting for High Potential, v4 n1 p10-13 Sep 2014
This article focuses on the fact that very often the traditional parent-teacher conference process is missing the most important stake holder, the child. The author asks the reader to clear the traditional image of parent-teacher conferences from their mind and imagine a conference process and setting that has the potential to bring together multiple teachers to collaborate on the growth and development of the child. While not new, the model described here is a student-led conference where the student takes the lead role in preparing and presenting personal achievements, areas for improvement, and goals for the future. This student-led conferencing style can be used in a wide variety of educational settings, and age groups. In the student-led conference, the student has the opportunity to show academic knowledge, behavioral practice, and personal achievements. It also allows for reflection, recognition, and discussion of academic and behavioral weakness. The learner can discuss a plan for mastering regular education objectives, along with a plan for what they would like to learn beyond the regular education curriculum. Learners have the chance to set goals and ask for the support they need to achieve those goals. Student-led conferences--and the growth that comes with regularly occurring student-led conferencing--has the potential to positively impact the emotional and academic development of the student and move the student closer to talent development, happiness, and thriving throughout their formative years and beyond. Additional resources are also provided.
Descriptors: Parent Teacher Conferences, Child Development, Models, Goal Orientation, Student Attitudes, Student Participation, Academic Achievement, Student Behavior, Reflection, Emotional Development, Talent Development, Gifted, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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