Today parents came in for their first 3-way conferences at OIS JVLR. Parents and their children reflected on strengths and challenges and reviewed the goals that students had set with their teachers. 3-way conferences are a conversation between students, teachers and parents and help support the school-home partnership as well as give students a sense of ownership in their learning.
Students confidently talked with their parents about their "stars" and "wishes" and asked parents for their support at home. Teachers mentioned how they can support their students with specific strategies, ideas, etc...
We will be sending out a feedback form and would love to hear from families your impressions about the conference and how we can improve for the next one. Thank you for supporting your children and their learning at OIS JVLR.
Last week, over 300 parents came through the JVLR campus to understand more about the curriculum, learning spaces and to step inside their children's world at school. It was great meeting parents, talking with them and building our school-home partnership. We will continue to offer parent education workshops and book studies throughout the year so parents too can be lifelong learners. See the parent workshop link on the right hand side.
Thank you to all who attended. For those that missed the event, see the photos below. Also, for those that really want to watch it again or if you missed it, here is a video of the primary years presentation.
Finally, see the 2 slideshow presentation links here if you are interested in reading more about the curriculum in early years or primary years:
Early Years Curriculum Morning Presentation
Primary Years Curriculum Morning Presentation
Also, parents have been asking to read more about the curriculum. Please see our academic handbook for more information.
Today saw our celebration in school of Hindi day. Students spent time teaching other students about this important event and they also organised games for the children to play. Great to see cross grade collaboration!
Parent Teacher Meetings for Nursery and JKG
Friday September 21
(No school for children on this day)
The powerpoint link shows how we can work together to make 3Way Conferences successful for our SKG-Grade 5 students. For students to share their knowledge and understanding of how they are learning and goals that they have set for themselves can be quite stressful for some students. Together, home and school play an important role in making each student feel confident in sharing their own learning.
Parents of children in Nursery and JKG will have parent teacher meetings.
"These are designed to give the parents information about the student’s progress development and needs, and about the school’s programme. Teachers should take this opportunity to gather background information, to answer the parents’ questions, to address their concerns, and to help define their role in the learning process. The parents should take the opportunity to provide the teacher with the cultural context of the student’s learning.” [PYP Making It Happen]
Parents of children in SKG – Grade 5 will have 3 Way Conferences.
3 Way Conferencing:
3 way conferences involve the student, the parent and the teacher.
Students discuss their learning and goal setting with their parents and the point of contact teacher.
Students are responsible for reflecting upon work samples they have chosen to share, that have been selected with guidance and support from the teacher.
The student, parents and teacher collaborate to establish and identify the student’s strengths and areas for improvement. This may lead to setting of new goals, with all determining how they can support the achievement of these goals.
All of the participants must understand the format and their roles prior to the conference. The format may differ depending on the age of the child.
The role of the Student is to be on time, stick to talking about the prepared work and to speak clearly.
The role of the Parent is to be on time for the conference, be positive, concerned and interested, to ask questions and to listen. Parent prompts will be available for parents who would like these.
The role of the Teacher is to manage the time, facilitate the conference, provide probing questions and highlight achievements and to clarify where necessary.
NB: On this day single subject teachers will not be meeting with parents. However, as always the staff are available to talk through any queries you may have regarding the progress and development of your children and I would ask, that should you wish to discuss any issues you may have, that you contact the office or the teacher directly, to make an appointment with the single subject teacher.
Should you have a concern or query regarding your child in his/her homeroom, I would ask that you make an appointment to meet your point of contact teacher at another time, rather than raise these in front of the children at their conference.
Instructions for booking an interview time will be sent soon via the school’s announcements.
Lisa Hughes and Kristen Blum