Saturday, February 4, 2012

Student Lead Conferences in Kindergarten!

I have been teaching Kindergarten at the same school for the past 7 years. My first year there was when I met my fabby teammate Kim! Well, she had done student lead conferences before and brought the idea to our PLC. We thought we would try it. Long story short...still doing student lead conferences! I love it, the kids love it and the parents love it! Our conferences are scheduled for 20 minutes. We set it up that the first 10 minutes are lead by the Kindergarten student. The last 10 minutes are for me to address specific progress, work samples, and any questions that they may have. I would love to say that I have this great check list of what I share, but I do not! Everyone's work is different. I always try to save a writing sample, some station work, and any other work that catches my eye :-) I also share progress on specific academic areas. I complete an interview with each prior to their conference. We practice the classroom tour and they are ready to go!! Here is a copy of the letter that gets sent home with the P/T conference preference sheet. 2nd Conf. Parent Letter This is the interview that I do with each child. The second page is where the kids draw a face to show how they feel about each subject. They are really honest about this! I usually tell them that they can draw frown, straight, or smile! If they draw a frown, then we talk about why they feel that way. I also always ask them how they think I can help them more with that area! Kindergarten Interview Student Lead Conference The actual conference looks like this: The child comes in and shows the parents around the room. They can show them where they check in for lunch, their desk, their cubby, one of their favorite stations (they also have to explain one activity that they do there). You can have them share their writing piece with them also. Once they are finished, then I have them go on the computer (with the head phones on) and then the parents and I can complete the rest of the conference! They absolutely love it!!


  1. I love this!!! Thank you so much sharing! I will share it with my KDG teammates! =)
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  2. At my school, we have Student Led Conferences. We don't meet with the parents that day. We say that this is the conference that they talk with their child about what they have been doing. The parents also love them. Thanks for the interview questions. I think I will add that to my list of things that the students share with their parents.

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  3. This is just awesome! I have read about / learned about student-led conferences before, but this is the first time I have read about how they are done in Kindergarten. Thank you for this post and thank you for the freebies!

  4. This is wonderful! We are doing our first round of first time student-led conferences and this is just what I needed. I have a question...Do you fill out the interview or have the students fill out the interview sheet? Thanks so much!!!

  5. Thank you for sharing this! I have been teaching for a few years but still go into a minor panic attack every time we have student led conferences.

  6. I have been doing student led conferences for 7 years. I got all the kindergarten teachers in my district to do the same. We love it! We run them a little differently. we spend about 10 min. doing assessments. I know that sounds boring...but it is truly great. First, to have 10 min one on one with a child is a real gift. I always watch what they do when trying to figure something out. It speaks volumes about how they learn. The parents are always amazed at what we expect from the kindergarten child. It is an eye opener for the parent. They can see their child's strengths and weaknesses. I can give them on the spot tips on what they should do to help their child. I give them games and activities (mostly from Teachers Pay Teachers) for them to use at home. Please check out my blog to see some of the tips I give parents for helping the struggling learner. good luck with your conferences!