In lieu of traditional parent teacher conferences this year, we started doing presentations directed by the students (along with guidance from me as needed). It has been a huge success in our classroom! The students were so articulate with what they shared with their families. I was certainly impressed with their honesty and their excitement to explain their learning and their thinking. The parent's faces were glowing with pride as their child discussed how they could improve in the classroom and all they have learned (they really are listening to me)! I will never go back to traditional parent teacher conferences where I do all of the talking. It was an incredibly rewarding time to share with my students and their families. Today I send my gratitude to my students. You are truly incredible and I am so thankful to have learned so much from all of you!
Want to give it a try? Here are a couple articles to get you started.