Lower School Parent-Teacher-Student Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences in the Lower School at Bullis include an extra critical participant: the student. In fact, students lead off the discussion by showing their parents examples of recent work: perhaps an essay, a reading journal and maybe a screencast on the iPad of how the student solved a complex math word problem.
Students also discuss their strengths, those elements of work that they are particularly proud of, and their “stretches,” areas where they know they have room to grow. Students reflect on themselves as learners and communicate with parents on how things are going.
“Hannah really owns her education,” one dad says. “She is taking the lead and is so proud of what she’s learned and fully aware of what she will work on to improve.”
Teachers help every Lower School student prepare for their presentations, a process that in itself is constructive. Teachers help students select work to showcase and discuss with them specifics of learning as well as workload and time management. “We really see their confidence grow alongside their ownership of their education,” says one teacher.