The main point of student-led conferences is to gather together the student, a parent/guardian, and Crew leader in order to discuss the how, what, and why of their work in school. Through this agenda we get a sense of how the student sees him or herself as well as what work they pride and why they think they are working in that way. Instead of jumping from teacher to teacher and getting a small synopsis without student input, the student takes the lead and guides us through how he or she sees the work they are doing. It brings out a lot of depth in student responses and really can help focus them on next steps. I like it and hope that as it continues we get deeper and deeper.
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I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!