Franklin School of Innovation 8th Grade Scholars Prepare for Student-Led Conferences with Warren Wilson Scholars!

Franklin School of Innovation 8th Grade Scholars Prepare for Student-Led Conferences with Warren Wilson Scholars!

This month, during Crew, all Franklin School of Innovation students are preparing for their Student-Led Conferences, scheduled for May 1.  These conferences give students the opportunity to demonstrate their growth in the Habits of Scholarship and empower students to reflect on their own learning in order to share knowledge and set goals for further growth.  SLCs for 8th graders mark the passage from middle school into high school.  Students from Warren Wilson College and their professor, Annie Jonas, are visiting FSI to share their own experiences in SLCs and portfolio assessment.  The following photos capture a few scenes from this shared learning experience.

Read more about: Student-led Conferences, and remember to sign up!

Another article from Ron Berger, about Students becoming leaders of their own learning:  http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar14/vol71/num06/When-Students-Lead-Their-Learning.aspx
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After the first session with the Warren Wilson students, I surveyed the FSI 8th graders to get their feedback and input for moving forward with future lessons. Their responses were anonymous, but here are some thoughts shared by students:

“It made me realize that I should be proud to present new ideas.”
“The Warren Wilson students listened very well. Instead of telling us, they guided us.”
“I learned to be more confident by practicing the script for the conference with someone who has experience and offered perspective.”
“This helped me realize my weak areas in speaking. It reminded me to bring work and be prepared to practice next time.”
“My teacher from Warren Wilson encouraged me to create a “to-do” list for my SLC work.”
“I got to understand the SLC better, because before I didn’t really understand why we were doing this.”

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