I feel the stare of the patient, parent and the waiting teacher. What to say, what to say…..This is the Student Led Conference. There is a lot of preparation that goes into an SLC. First our preparation started by writing about our progress during the past two trimesters. t
After our fingers are dead on the floor from typing all those words, we get to type more words. Our teachers sent us an online presentation format for our SLC so we could really sort out our presentation for our parents and teacher. This took an excruciating
amount of time. We also had to put all of our bullet notes about us and put it on that document. All of this work led up to something really great though.
After we had done all of that, we had to team up with partners and to a test run of our SLC conference which, was in fact fun. Seeing people and finding mistakes (even me) was priceless! I’m not one for schadenfreude but this was hilarious! Sometimes I really think we underestimate the power of reading things out loud.
Finally, it was the day of the conferences, which takes me back to not knowing what to say. My teacher suggested we dress a bit fancy so in my case wear a dress. I had my dress on and I was ready to go. I went into the spotlight and just began to talk. I am very good at
talking. I guess I’m born with the gift of the gab. It all came down to talking with my parents on on how we will work together on things like tests. I had to be careful where I stepped on this land mine because I can’t say something that would land me in an earlier bedtime, or cutting off watching one of my favorite shows. As the conversation went on it was easier to figure out what sort of help I needed. For instance, I was going to share my calendar with my parents.The SLC conference really wasn’t a shark tank or a land mine, it really did help me as a learner and a student.