First, our conferences in October are 30 minutes long for each student with 15 minutes overlapping with another student/family. The first 15 minutes of their conference they share their Data Binders with their parents (after A LOT of preparation and practice), and then the second half I join them to discuss any questions they had while going through the Data Binder, and also give them their report card. My time with them is focused more on actual academic abilities based on their data thus far. It is GREAT, and it starts the year off on the right foot.
For the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters they arrange a time to take their Data Binder home and share it with their family. I have LOVED the way it has evolved this year, and my kids really enjoy taking their sacred Data Binders home. **Shining Moment!** One of my students reflected on her conference and said, "My favorite part about my conference at home was that I got to be with just my parents and talk about me. My brother and sister were already in bed, and we talked all about me!" Her excitement for this special time made all of the work at school worth it!
I finally put all of the resources I've used, plus some other sheets that others might find helpful to create a 66 slide product on TpT. I mention several times in the unit that we can arrange a plan for me to create charts/graphs that go with the others, but focus on data that your school collects.
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Do any of you do student-led conferences? I know that this is a bit past due, but for those of you who want to get started, I thought it would get your wheels turning for next year! I'd love to hear what all you guys do for them!