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    Student Led Conferences Give Primary Students the Opportunity to Share Learning with Parents

    School News

    20 Apr, 2015

    10 : 00

    • The past two weeks have been a celebration of learning as all Primary students at Regency Park and Century Park campuses have had the opportunity to participate in Student Led Conferences (SLCs). During the conferences, students were able to lead the conversation with their parents about their studies, and were able to share about the great things they had learnt throughout the school year. These conferences are a fantastic way for students to foster ownership of their work and to develop their self-confidence.

      New this year, the school implemented digital portfolios throughout Primary. With assistance and guidance from the teachers in Lower Primary, the students created a digital class portfolio that consisted of special events, group work, and projects. In Upper Primary, students created their own digital portfolios. For this, they chose their own pieces of work from their Topic and Specialist subjects.

      The Primary students benefited from the SLC experience as they enjoyed and were proud to share with their parents about their achievements. After the conferences, students reflected upon the SLCs, saying:

      "I feel good about SLCs because I could explain what I'm doing in school to my parents." - Alfe, Year 5

      “I thought it was exciting to write on my blog in school and then to get to show it to my parents. I'd like to post more stuff on to it and maybe show it to my cousins in America.” - Zeke, Year 5

      “I liked showing my parents the videos of the fun activities we do in school, like our Rube Goldberg machine. My dad thought the machine was really cool, and saw we work hard to create it.” - Lara, Year 5

      SLCs provide parents with a different perspective from parent-teacher interviews, and they give a comprehensive picture of their child as a learner in all subjects, ranging from art, to music, language, maths, technology, and science. This balanced approach to education is a part of the school’s holistic model. To learn more about Primary education at YCIS Shanghai, click here.