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Inter-Community School Zurich, Switzerland

April 23, 2013
by Fiona Affleck
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Student-led Conferences and the Importance of Reflection

As a PYP school, we encourage students to become reflective learners as part of our curriculum and the IB learner profile:

“Students give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development”  International Baccalaureate Organisation

The student led conferences provided an opportunity for shared reflections. We are delighted that so many of you have participated. The teachers have all commented on how proud the children were to share their work and it was rewarding to observe the children’s developing language and enthusiasm towards their learning. We hope that by sharing their experiences and reflecting together with parents that the children’s understandings are deepened and become more meaningful.  We believe in the power of connecting learning and by sharing our portfolios in this way we are able to further connect with parents and families and strengthen experiences by revisiting the children’s ideas.  As the children get used to talking about their achievements like this they become interested, excited and motivated about their discoveries. This in turn helps them to take responsibility and become more independent in their learning. Thinking about our experiences together also allows children to verbalise their thoughts and further inspire their inquiries by sharing ideas with a wider audience.  Whilst the teachers have used the portfolios to document the children’s progress, some of the work in the portfolios was selected by the children and I know that some children were even able to justify these choices. The children feel extremely proud to be able to lead you through their portfolios and are still asking if they can look at their ‘special books’ and share them with their friends. We are looking forward to documenting the children’s learning for the remainder of the year.

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