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A Friday Hello from Mrs. MacQueen

October 31, 2014
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Happy Halloween everyone! It looks like it will be a nice evening for trick-or-treating. 

November 6th is our first three-way conference. For those of you who are new to Westshire, I would like to give you an idea of what to expect at the 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 PLP's. 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 that learning. These goals look different, depending on the grade.

Research shows that students learn better when they are involved in their own learning. It helps students develop the vocabulary to talk about their achievements and learning and encourages student to take ownership of schoolwork.

The parents are an important part of the conference. You bring to the conference knowledge of your child and his/her learning. 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.
  • If you still have concerns after your child's conference that you would like to discuss privately with your child's teacher, please let the teacher know.