Our Year 4 students had their student led conferences today.
The preparation started a long time ago. I guess it began with our first unit , “Taking ownership of our learning empowers us”.
I sat in awe tonight. As did many of the parents. Particularly two of the fathers who are professors in different fields.
The first Dad sat agasp, as his son, who has been at our school for a year, reflected on himself as a learner and his learning. His honestly and ability to articulate his strengths and areas that he is focussing on was remarkable. “I’m working on creating a post grad course in teaching adults to reflect. How do you and Deb get him to do that?”
The second Dad walked in with his son , who was visibly nervous to share his thinking. I asked him to close his iPad and talk. And he did – using powerful vocabulary and honesty that was refreshing. “The way in which he reflects is phenomenal. We’re struggling to get uni students to think like that. How do you do it?”
The answer is simple. We reflect often. In meaningful ways that allow children to connect . We have high expectations and we speak the language of meta-cognition. Most importantly, children own their learning. They are empowered.
Tonight they shared their “Wow factor”. The pride on their faces was tangible. I feel inspired by these amazing people with whom I am lucky enough to share my days.