We will be sending out rubrics that focus on different aspects of learning throughout the year, creating portfolios of work to send home periodically, or to be emailed as an e-portfolio, and holding 2 three-way conferences (student led conferences). In addition, we will be sending home updates regularly via newsletters, email, etc.
I just completed the first set of rubrics for learning behaviors and social behaviors that are necessary for success. This was very appropriate for the beginning of the year as we started out the year learning about the classroom and school rules and routines and we focused on developing positive self esteem.
Our first student led conferences will be held at the beginning of November. At this time, we will have reported on some of the academics that we have been working on, and this will allow us to focus on areas of success and concern at the meeting.
Student led conferences are a very rewarding experience for the students and parents. I have used this format for years and it never ceases to lose its impact. I have a specific package of materials that I have used successfully for these conferences. If you would like to check it out, click here.