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Friday, March 23, 2018


Greetings from Gail

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November 1st is our first three-way conference. For those of you who are new to Samuel Morey, I would like to give you an idea of what to expect at the three-way conferences. 

Three-way conferences provide an opportunity for the student, teacher and parent to come together as a team to support the student's learning. Kindergarten parents— you will be impressed at how even our youngest students are able to talk about their learning and their goals. In preparation for the three-way conferences, students and teachers have been writing personal learning plans or PLPs. The personal learning plan helps the student be responsible for his or her own learning. It is goal oriented and allows the student to think about what he or she is learning and to set goals around the learning. They look different, depending on the grade.

sme110112 1Research shows that students learn better and more when they are involved in their own learning. It helps students develop the vocabulary to talk about their achievement and learning and encourages student ownership of schoolwork and improves motivation.

The parents are an important part of the conference. The parents bring to the conference knowledge of the student based on their observations. Your child's teacher will ask you to contribute to the learning goals for your child. Here are some suggestions for successful conferences:

  •  Listen and allow your child to dominate the conversation. You will learn much about your child's learning if you let them talk.
  • Avoid being evaluative and accept and respect the student as a learner.
  • Ask questions that open up conversations rather than close down communication. Open-ended questions are those that ask for explanations, expansions, examples and discussion.