Conferences at KICS
Today marks the second and final day of Student Led Conferences here at KICS, where students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 all participated in leading their own conferences. Primary school conferences are hosted by homeroom teachers, whereas mission group leaders host secondary school conferences.
Student Led Conferences are designed to be a conversation between the student and his/her parents or guardians while the teacher or mission group leader acts as a facilitator. While this approach provides parents with updates and the opportunity to see their child’s work progress, it additionally enables students to exhibit ownership over their own work progress and success.
These conferences are comprised of students presenting their individual portfolios to their parents through a conversation. The portfolios are structured to give students a chance to share and reflect holistically on their progress with their school work, spiritual life, and life beyond the walls of KICS. Among other things, some of the items in the student portfolios include artifacts illustrating both their strengths and areas for improvement. Students also discuss their goals, grades, and work habits.
Although some students initially experience a natural response of nervousness the moments leading up to their conferences, they are well prepared by their teachers and mission group leaders on portfolio requirements and how to present their work in an engaging and cohesive way.
Read what people are saying about student-led conferences:
“Student Led Conferences are great for me as a teacher because it really eases the tension for parents and for me. You can’t help but smile and be proud when you see a kid show what they’re excited about in school and be honest about what they need help with. I’ve found it provides a wonderful platform for the parents and me to be able to discuss how we can encourage and support the student when we hear directly from the kid what they need. I was nervous about the idea of student led conferences at first but I’ve absolutely loved it!” –Anne Smith, Grade 2 Teacher
“My Student Led Conference helped me believe in myself. In the beginning I thought it wouldn’t go well, I was nervous right before it happened because I thought it was going to be a very serious meeting and I was afraid of making mistakes. But it went well, and I learnt that I had a better attitude than I thought I did.” -Philip Mugabi, Grade 4 Student
“My husband and I found the Student Led Conferences interesting. Clearly, the teachers and students had done a lot of work getting ready for this worthwhile 25 minutes. It’s going to equip the students with amazing confidence, presentation and self-assessment skills, which are all essential in the world today. On the other hand, the teachers get a chance to see their work through their students and we get to appreciate them right there. It emphasizes to the student that education is a three party job! Well done for pulling this off.”– Shelagh Rwitare, KICS Parent