Dear Lillie May Families,
Scholar-Led Conferences (SLC) are a family agreement and commitment on the part of the parent/guardian of any scholar at LMCJ. It’s a unique opportunity to hear how your scholar is performing academically. This round of SLCs will be a little longer since scholars will present a piece of work from Math, ELA, Expedition and Intensives. Each scholar has worked hard in preparing for SLCs and are eager for your visit!
Trimester 2 SLCs are scheduled for Tuesday, February 9, 2016 and Wednesday, February 10, 2016. Each crew leader has sent an invitation to sign-up using Sign-Up Genius, and has either called or left a voice message. We are aiming for 100% attendance!
What’s the parent/guardian role during SLCs? The adult’s role is to ask probing questions that help scholars reflect upon the piece that they are presenting. We are trying to help scholars see improvements, next steps, or work habits that supported or impeded success.
What are some good questions to ask during the SLC?
-What was the process for creating this piece?
-What skills and knowledge does this piece demonstrate?
-How did you improve your work over time?
-How did your work change from the first draft to the final draft?
-How did you use feedback to improve the piece?
-What are you most proud about this piece?
-If you were to do it over again, what would you do differently?
-What did the process teach you about your strengths and weaknesses in this class?
-What did you learn about yourself as a learner in preparing for this SLC?
What are common parent/guardian concerns about SLCs? First drafts are messy. Spelling is not perfect. Pieces of work get lost. Not all scholar work meets grade-level standards. Scholars sometimes struggle to explain their work. SLCs are meant to show the whole journey towards success, and the bumps along the way help us all support our scholar’s success in the next semester. Please support growth by asking questions that make scholars think about their work. Criticism will lead a scholar to be less likely to share about herself.
What if I have specific questions for one of my child’s teachers? You will meet with your scholar’s crew leader. Should you have concerns that need to be addressed by a specific teacher, your crew leader will take notes and facilitate the connection.
At the conclusion of the presentation, you will receive the Trimester 2 Progress Report. Scholars will have seen them before you and should be able to answer any questions you have about grades.
We can’t wait to see you!
Damia C. Thomas
Lillie May Carroll Jackson Charter School