NIST International School Three-Way Conferences 2017 Essential Agreement
What is a three-way conference?
A three-way conference is an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to talk about the student’s strengths, the areas for development and to set a goal.
Why do we have the three-way conference?
The value of the three-way conference is that the students reflect on and consolidate their learning, while at the same time, share the responsibility of informing you, the parents, of their strengths and areas for development.
Who does the three-way conference involve?
The student The parent(s) The homeroom teacher (or the EAL teacher)
How does the three-way conference take place?
The three-way conference takes place in the homeroom classroom. (Ratchapruek for Y2-Y6 EAL Conferences, Year 1 area for Y1 EAL Conferences) It takes 10 minutes. All parties have equal participation in the conference.
Prior to the 3 Way Conference: Y2 – Y6 Parents, please read your child’s Learning Profile and blog with your child. Y1 Parents, please read your child’s Learning Journey and blog with your child. EY Parents, please read your child’s Learning Story and portfolio with your child.
What is the role of the teacher, the student and the parent? Timing Before the three-way conference
Teacher’s role Remind the students to read their Learning Profile through with their parents Remind students to share their blog with their parents
Student’s role Read Learning Profile and blog with your parents Think about an area of your learning you would like to work on
Parent’s role Sign up for a 3 way conference Organise your daily schedule so as to be free for the three-way conference Read your child’s Learning Profile and blog with your child Celebrate your child’s strengths Discuss possible goals Ensure that you arrive on time
During the threeway conference
After the threeway conference
Chair the 3-way conference Keep the conversation focussed on learning Facilitate the conversation around the student’s strengths and areas for development Bring the parents into the conversation Listen to the student Help the student formulate a goal based on their area for development Monitor the goal that was set Work with the students to help them achieve their goal
Be confident Talk about your learning Celebrate your strengths Share the area that you want to work on Set a goal
Thank your parents for coming Work on the goal you set Share your progress with your parents
Be on time Listen to your child Be positive Encourage your child Share your ideas for a goal for your child Help set a goal for the area of development Identify how you can help your child achieve their goal
Thank your child Encourage your child with the goal they have set Follow through on helping your child achieve their goal
Early Years: 3 way conferences will look different for each student depending on their confidence to share and talk about their learning. Early Years will use a goal setting format that is appropriate for younger students. This will be prepared at school in advance and then be added to by parents during the conference time. Year 1: 3 way conferences will look different for each student depending on their confidence to share and talk about their learning. The learning journeys, personal blogs and self reflections/goal setting will provide the stimulus for the conversations. Year 1 will use a goal setting format that is appropriate for younger students. This will be prepared at school in advance and then be added to by parents during the conference time. Art and Music: will have a sharing time – students will engage with and discuss Art/Music specific processes and understandings with their parents. The teachers may or may not be present. Please read your child’s blog to find out more about art and music. World Language: Due to Secondary teaching and conference commitments the WL area will not be available for sharing time. However, parents are encouraged to look at their children’s blogs and the WL blogs and talk with their children about their learning. PE: will not be part of 3 Way Conferences – read your child’s blog to find out about their learning. There are also numerous sharing times throughout the calendar year. All parents are invited to attend and celebrate the learning that has taken place in the units leading up to these special events. EAL will have 3 way conferences – parents will sign up the same as for homeroom on Veracross. EAL 3 way conferences for Years 2-6 will be in Ratchapruek and for Year 1 EAL 3 way conferences will be in the Year 1 area. Learning Support (including Enrichment Support): have given parents the option to make an appointment for this day. New Students: For new students this 3 way conference will be a ‘settling in’ conversation and a chance to explore the classroom and ask questions.