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Conferencing and Reporting (Knowing What Counts Series), 2nd Edition, April/2011

Conferencing and Reporting (Knowing What Counts Series), 2nd Edition, April/2011

Author(s): Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron, Anne Davies
ISBN13: 9781935543794
ISBN10: 1935543792
Format: Paperback
Pages: 80
Publisher: Solution Tree and Connections Publishing
Year Publish: 2011 April

Ways to Involve Students in the Classroom Assessment Process

When we involve students in conferencing and reporting, they take a lead role by selecting and showing work samples, demonstrating skills, talking about their learning, and asking their audience for a response. In addition to teachers, students are data-based instructional decision makers, too, and the authors provide examples of ways to support learning by involving students in the conferencing and reporting processes.

The first section includes ideas for how to help students initiate informal conversations about their own learning. In the second section, the authors describe different types of conferences in which students review their learning, including conferences between a student, teacher, and parents; conferences about IEPs that include the student; and conferences between the teacher and the student. The third section provides a list of common questions educators may have about content presented in the first two sections. The authors respond to these questions in detail and provide examples for ways educators can adapt the methods to serve their specific needs.

  1. Gain tools and strategies to build students’ sense of control over their own academic well being.
  2. Empower students to experience improved learning as they actively participate in their own learning.

About The Authors:
Kathleen Georory, M.Ed., hastaught for twenty-five years in junior and secondary schools in British Columbia. A former teacher-in-residence at the University of Victoria, Kathleen has assisted many school districts in the areas of conferencing, report writing, and authentic assessment strategies. She currently teaches grade eight and nine English and Social Studies.

Caren Cameron, M.Ed., is District Principal of Education Programs for the Sooke School District in British Columbia. She has presented workshops focusing on the involvement of students in their own learning and assessment. Caren, currently on leave, spends her time writing, presenting workshops, and gardening.

Anne Davies, Ph.D., is an experienced educator and author. A recipient of the Hilroy Fellowship for Innovative Teaching, she has taught both elementary and university-level students, and has worked an adminstrator and district consultant. Currently on leave, she now divides her time between writing and conducting educational worshops throughout North America.