On Wednesday, you will join your child in reflecting on and setting goals for their learning. Here are some details about what your child will share with you and how you can be involved in the conversation. We will look at their growth as a writer, how they can be a better friend/learner, what math skills they have worked on thus far, and a quick parent-teacher chat.
How we have grown as writers:
Student have prepared two reflection pieces of writing. The first one shows your child’s writing at the beginning of the year and the second one is their most recent narrative writing. Students will identify ways they have grown as a writer. You can be involved in this part by asking questions/prompting like:
-What can you do now that you couldn’t do as a writer before?
-Tell me about your writing.
-What do writers do to make their writing easier for others to read?
-What do you think is your next step as a writer?
How to grow as a friend/learner
On this page, students have brainstormed ways they are already a good friend and ways they can become even better. You can be involved in this part by asking questions like:
-What makes you a good friend?
-What is something you like about your friends?
-What is something you don’t do, but you think you should do as a friend?
How to grow as a leaner:
Students are working on brainstorming what makes a good learner. This could be classroom safety things like: listening with your whole body and listening to others, but it also extends to the PYP Learner Profiles to include things such as: taking risks, communicating, thinking, inquiring, caring, being principled, and being knowledgeable to name a few.
You can be involved in this part by asking:
-Can you tell me about a time you were [insert PYP learner profile word here]?For example, “Can you tell me about a time you were a thinker?”
-What are some of the ways you keep yourself and others safe in class?
-How can you show respect as a learner?
-How do you think you can be a better learner?
Students will use some of our math tools to share one skill with you. On the report card you may have seen the mathematical practices. You can encourage your child to share their math thinking and get a view into their math practices by asking:
-Tell me more about how you know that is true.
-How did you show your thinking?
-Can you show me that thinking in a different way?
-How do you know that is true?
This will be a brief 5 minutes (max) at the end of the conferences for you to ask a question or two you have about your child’s growth moving forward.