According to Michael Linsin in Dream Class, he encourages active parent volunteers. I may try to attempt to have parent volunteers do more than one role (if available and willing). Linsin has his parent volunteers listen to students read with questions available for parents to ask and be guides in literature circles.
- My first year I tried out parents listening to students read for the fluency aspect but stopped because I wasn’t sure if it made a worthwhile effect. I realize now anything to help students be accountable for actually reading and thinking about their reading (if parents ask questions) is worth it.
- I will still look for parent volunteers for doing Friday Folders and having students practice their math fact fluency.
Parent Student Conferences -> Student-Led Conferences
Attending a session by Connie Balkom from Buckland Mills Elementary School, I was inspired to do Student-Led Conferences. Multiple grouped conferences going on at once for 45 minutes, the students lead the whole conference where the focus is not on grades but on a celebration of all that the student has learned so far. The details shared sound exciting and very different from what I’ve done or thought to do so far.