Student Led Conferences
Every November, Patton Middle School teachers and students hold Student Led Conference Days. Student Led Conferences is a significant event that has existed at Patton Middle School for many years. The SLC provides a unique opportunity for students to share with parents about their learning experiences in a dedicated time and space with their teachers present.
SLCs represent a shift in how student progress and performance is reported to parents from the traditional, teacher-led parent conferences that you would have experienced at your child’s elementary school, to a more student-centered, student-driven parent conference. SLCs aim to increase student engagement and ownership in learning and in how progress in learning is documented and reported out to parents. SLCs also strive to increase student responsibility and accountability for learning through the process of reflection and goal setting.
Students will be utilizing a digital portfolio titled My Story. We believe that every student has a story, and every story matters. Therefore, My Story is grounded in four guiding principles.
Those principles are:
- Identification of goals and reflection on goals
- Evidence of growth
- Reflections on growth
- Evidence of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking
We believe that every student has a story, and every story matters. "My Story" is a learning initiative at Patton Middle School with the purpose of capturing and communicating student progress and growth in a digital portfolio format. Using Google Sites, our students will tell the story of their Patton Middle School years, including, but not limited to, their goals, reflections on their learning, and evidence of growth. Our job is to present a structure and facilitate opportunities for our students to tell their stories.
My Story Resources
To create My Story portfolios, we decided to have students use Google Sites, a tool that was already a part of their Google GSuite of apps. With the new Google Sites, building websites is easy. Just drag content where you need it. When you create a new site, it’s automatically added to Drive, like your other files stored in Drive. Google Sites websites are responsive, which means they are optimized for tablets and smartphones, too.
Here are some helpful resources to use in creating My Story.