In a break with tradition, one school district has students leading parent conferences, rather than being excluded from them.
At Lindbergh Middle School in Peoria, Illinois, students in Jill Eshelman’s seventh grade math class reflected on their term at school, just before the first parent teacher conferences. They received progress reports, including not only their final grade, but grades on every assignment and a list of missing assignments.
They were then told by Eshelman to write their detailed experiences in math class. They filled in blanks of statements such as ‘We have been studying…’. ‘I enjoy…’ ‘I have trouble with’, and ‘My grade is …because…”
Students then met with parents during traditional parent teacher conference periods, and went over the reports with them.
Lindbergh is changing parent teacher conferences, having students go over the same details the teacher would share with parents or guardians.