Are you tired of students wasting time raising their hand and getting nothing accomplished as you are helping other students? Or how about that never ending line at your desk of kids that need your help? Enough is enough! Let's teach our students to work through their problems and reflect on how they can fix them.
I have used this document as a resource for my students to communicate with me when we are working on various projects and during writing workshop time. I created this resource because I realized how much time my kids were wasting as I was conferencing with other students. I project this document on the board so I can easily see who I need to conference with next and my kids can also glance up to see when it is there turn to have a conference with me. Students edit this document that is shared with them via Google Drive by filling in their name, what they need help with, and how they have demonstrated resiliency by trying various strategies first. This system has helped me reach the students who need my help and it also gives students the opportunity to reflect on what they have tried. A big 21st century skill that my students strive for is resiliency. We frequently talk about how we need to try various strategies on our own before we ask help from an adult. Since I facilitate a student-led classroom, I also encourage my students to ask their peers for advice as well before conferencing with me.
This document includes a template for you to implement in your classroom tomorrow. I also included a copy of how my students have used this sign-up so you can model responsible use of this resource with your students. I would recommend copying and pasting this document onto a Google Doc and share this with your students with giving them editing rights. I hope this document helps relieve student conference stress for you and your students!