Primary School Principal’s Message

Student Led Conferences

 

What is a student led conference?

This is a time where the students use their paper and/or digital portfolios, they take the lead and inform their parents about their learning over the school year. They will be using many of the characteristics of the IB Learner profile: being knowledgeable risk-takers who are open-minded, thinking and reflecting about their work and most obviously being able to communicate this to their audience.

 

What are Portfolios?

Over the year, the students have been collecting work from their various subject areas to include in their digital or paper portfolio. You should see completed work that may be the best a student achieved at the time, as well as work showing progress and individual student reflections and comments about their achievements.

 

How are the contents of the Portfolio decided?

In most cases teachers have included broad outlines of what needs to be included under specific subject headings such as Language, Mathematics, transdisciplinary units of Inquiry work, or technology etc. Over the course of the year students have been putting work that represents a wide range of disciplines into their portfolio. As the student-led conference draws closer, the students have had the opportunity to review their selections and remove, change or add work that is meaningful to them and that they wish to share.

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Rena’s portfolio

 

What happens during a student led conference?

Every parent and their child has been allocated a time slot. The students will use their Portfolios to speak about some of the things that are contained in it. In the PYP, at the end of the session, the Portfolio will be taken home and your child will be able to share with you anything missed on the day, as time will be limited and it’s unlikely your child will have been able to share everything in their portfolio.

 

What is the role of the parents?

As the main purpose of the day is to let the child inform you about their own learning, the role of the parents is mainly to listen, support and encourage their child by asking questions for further clarification and making positive comments to your child.

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Rena practicing for her conference
Audrey is ready for her conference!

 

What sorts of questions should parents ask?

It may be that your child’s teacher has provided specific questions to ask for his/her grade. Other general questions you could ask are:

  • What do you like about this piece of work?
  • Why did you select this piece to share with us?
  • What did you learn?
  • How did you learn?
  • What did you find challenging when you were learning?
  • How have you been a risk-taker, inquirer (or another of the learner profile words) this year?

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What is the role of the teacher?

Each session will have several groups discussing their learning. The teacher will be on hand to help facilitate the session rotations. However, as it is the students’ day, please do not engage the teacher in a situation similar to a parent/teacher conference.

 

When are the student led conferences?

For the K1 & K2 students, the conferences will be 8:30 am – 9:30 a.m. Tuesday June 14th.
For Grade 1 – Grade 8 students the conferences will be 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm on Tuesday June 14th. This is a normal school day for students.

 

How are they scheduled?

Grade 1-8 sessions will be from 3:30p.m.- 5:30p.m. There will be four, half hour time slots with five conferences occurring at once.
3:30-4:00 4:00-4:30 4:30-5:00 5:00-5:30?
These slots are booked through Manabimon the school Learning Management System. You should have already booked your slot. You received a letter about this booking process and you received communication in TIS Times over the last three weeks. Please look back if you need to – http://www.tokyois.com/tis-times/

 

How are students not in a conference supervised when they wait?

Students will remain at school until they have conducted their conference. Primary G1-5 students will be in the gym. However, if parents have a 3:30p.m. slot, those students will be already in their classrooms awaiting your arrival. Any K1 & K2 students also wait in the gym as their siblings have their conference. For other time slots, parents please collect your child from the gym to go to the classroom for his/her conference. All Middle School students requiring supervision will go the Learning Lab and there will be rostered supervision.

I look forward to seeing you on the conference day!

Best regards,
Chris Frost
Primary School Principal