At the Western International School of Shanghai, we encourage our students to be active and independent learners and to participate in their process of learning.
We facilitate this experience of students taking ownership of their learning through opportunities for Student-Led conferences, in which students become the leaders of their learning and progress by sharing their achievements and academic progress and reflecting on their own learning.
During Student-Led conferences, parents become partners in their children’s education, understanding learning through their children's eyes. Students organize this day, design the schedule, and select their favorite stations through which they share their learning engagements.
Different classroom activities are set up to show what students have learned and achieved throughout the year in their Units of Inquiry. Students take ownership of presenting their work to their parents and guide them to engage in their individual learning.
Student-Led conferences are a fantastic way to help families understand our values and what learning looks like at the Western International School of Shanghai. Moreover, these conferences illuminate students’ learning and the skills they acquire through the WISS Education, such as communication and self-management skills, agency, and risk-taking while facing challenges.
In the words of Ms. Fiona Morris, Early Years Principal at the Western International School of Shanghai, “Student-Led Conferences are a celebration of learning, and in the Early Years, we work with the students to enable them to guide parents through key learning experiences that have helped them to develop their understanding and skills further. The Units of Inquiry provide the foundation for the careful development of each learning experience, enabling the teachers to design meaningful opportunities for children to demonstrate, learn and develop these essential foundational skills. During Student-Led Conferences, students are excited to share their newly acquired skills and proudly guide their parents through these learning experiences. Throughout all new learning, we encourage parents to engage in what their child has been learning so that they may continue to support their development at home. Students learn with each new experience, and as parents learn more about what students are learning and how they learn, families can better support this development in the experiences in the home when taking trips to the shops, exploring nature, and when visiting new places”.
Recently, students at the Western International School of Shanghai were very eager to share their learning with their families, and it was delightful to see the extraordinary level of engagement and the celebration of students’ achievements as a community.
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