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Structure Of A Success Portfolio Defense (Deeper Learning) Edutopia. Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense.

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But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family. One of the most significant challenges facing formal education in the United States is the chasm separating schools and communities. The more informed a family is, the more seamlessly they'll connect to so many other edu-constructs, from extracurricular activities and tutoring to reading programs and school-related events.

While schools (hopefully) work to update themselves and the way students learn within them, many parents have to work with what's available to them. With the exception of in-depth content like Edutopia's guides, much of the "parent stuff" you'll find through Googling is decent enough, but it can be surface level or otherwise completely unrelated to process of learning. "Ask them what they did today. " Edutopia. Posted 08/08/2015 3:28PM | Last Commented 10/07/2015 10:53AM All teachers, no matter how experienced, will face a time when parents are frustrated with them.

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In most cases, it may not be because the teacher has done anything wrong. Frustration is often the result of unmet expectations or misunderstanding. No matter the reason, there are a few things teachers can do to help ease the tension. Seek First to Understand In 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey coined Habit 5 as “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” So what does active listening look like? You should be able to restate (or reflect), in your own words what the parents are saying. If you practice reflecting both their statements and emotions, most people will trust that you have heard them and they will likely even affirm that you are hearing them. Don’t forget about the second half of Habit 5: seek first to understand, then to be understood. Be Open to Ideas Ask for Help Communicate the Positives.

Edutopia. Family conferences are an essential touch point at the start of the school year.

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You meet students' families, share classroom expectations, and ask parents how to best partner for student success. As one teacher described it to me, "Family conferences are simultaneously the most energizing and exhausting days of the quarter! " But without clear expectations, pre-planned discussion topics, and tight follow-up, conferences can quickly fall prey to classic pitfalls: a long line of families out your door, meeting cancellations, or forgetting a student's key strengths and areas of development.

There are tons of wonderful resources available to help you think about what to discuss during the conference (I like the Flamboyan Foundation), but we also need to think about how to best prepare for these critical conversations. Here are nine tips to help you prepare for and facilitate a great family conference: 1. Image Credit: Morgan Carter (click image to enlarge) 2. 3. Edutopia. Marissa: Hi, mom, welcome to my Student-Led Conference.

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First, I'm going to tell you about my goals. The conferences here are different. Most schools, the teachers talk to the parent, but in our school here, Wildwood, the students talk to the parents. We actually get to tell our parents what we're doing. Rebecca: I think the greatest impact that I see is them taking ownership of their growth process. Jonathan: Pretty much it just changes everything about parent-teacher conferences.

At the beginning of the universe, creation of stars, creation of the earth. Rita: Wow. Mary Beth: I think student ownership of learning, and what that means is students being able to say, "This is who I am as a learner, this is what I'm learning, this is why it's important to me," you're building that sense of relevance and connection to the curriculum, sense of relevance and connection to each other, to the teacher, and to the broader work of the community. Edutopia. Parent-teacher conferences are one of the few opportunities for families to converse with teachers about their children's progress and needs.

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Lines of people wait their turn for these 15- to 20-minute interactions. One result is a conversation that establishes a relationship and delivers essential information about a student's progress. Teachers usually carry the burden of making the conference productive, yet if families were included more through communications and collaborative meeting planning, the experience could become more mutually fruitful.

To this end, I'll introduce each of my points with voices from families suggesting collaborative communication about their needs. Build a Team: Make Frequent Contacts Before Each Conference I hoped teachers would inform me between conferences if anything was amiss or pleasing about my children's progress, socially or academically, so that there would be no big surprises during the conferences. 1. 2. 3. 1. Have the student attend the meeting. Edutopia.