We Flipped the Conferences and asked how it went...
In a previous post, I shared how our school was Flipping our Parent Teacher Conferences using G Suite (Google Apps for Education) and the AutoCrat Add-on.
After conferences I asked the teachers who participated in the flipped experience. I wanted to see how the process innovated the PTC experience as well as the parent responses.
What were some advantages to the flipped Process?
"Parents really appreciated being able to see examples of their work. I liked having the students do some focused reflection on what they had learned so far"
"I invested on prep block and 10 minutes of class time. In return, I had 16 hours of very successful conferences! This was a wonderful tradeoff in terms of front end investment to back-end result. Additionally, the parents LOVED the letters they received. .I think they enjoyed the peek into the classroom and they had affirmation that their student is indeed growing and learning."
"Some of the advantages were that the students vicariously discussed their school work and experiences with their parents"
"Parents really appreciated being able to see examples of their work. I liked having the students do some focused"
"Great accountability for students, knowing they will be sharing the links for parents and that they'll be viewing work. Parents can come, already armed with questions"
Why this worked well for our Teachers
At our school, teachers spend a marathon two day event talking with parents in 12 minute chunks. This can be a stressful, overwhelming time for teachers as they are moving through the parents.
Flipping the Conferences provides an opportunity for parents to come to the conference prepared to talk about specific issues or celebrations for their student.
This process also provides valuable information to teachers and how their planning and teaching are providing the best learning opportunities for students. The specific section of progress and goal statement give teachers a clear view of student's motivation, understanding and thought on the course.
Ultimately, this process provided an immense amount of feedback and information to parents and opened a new line of communication for teachers.
Taylor currently serves as a Coordinator of Innovative Learning for a mid-sized school district in Texas. He is a speaker, writer, and coach for all who are in conflict with the status quo.