Problem Solving Conference form is used as a tool to address serious behavior problems: constant calling out, leaving seat without permission, inappropriate physical contact, abusive language etc.
This form can also be used to resolve any problems that students have with academics: math, ELA etc.
For example, if the student is refusing to write or weak in writing, this conference can take place where both the teacher and the student discuss the possible cause(s) and possible solution(s) and action plan.
Below is the brief outline of the steps to be taken during such conference:
Steps in a Problem-Solving Conference:
1. Establish the purpose of the conference.
2. Reaffirm teacher-student rapport.
3. Talk about the problem area: what the teacher notices, what the student notices.
4. Name the behavior as a problem and why it is a problem.
5. Invite the student to work with the teacher on the problem.
6. Explore the cause of the problem.
7. Articulate a clear, specific goal to work on together.
8. Generate solutions and choose one to try.
9. Set a time for a “How are things going?” check-in.
THIS FORM CAN BE USED WITH ANY GRADE LEVEL.