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In Advisory, we are starting to prepare early for our Student-Led Conferences in April. Seeing as we are nearly to the end of February, it will be here before we know it!
To begin, we are borrowing from some theories on effective organizational leadership and will develop personal vision statements. You can assist in this process by engaging your child in conversations around the following prompts:
VISION – Your vision should be a simple picture of a desirable future; distant objectives that are challenging but realistic; an attainable future grounded in your present reality. Your vision should be focused enough to guide your decisions and actions, but general enough to allow initiative and creativity in your strategies for attaining it.
GOALS – Stepping-stones to your vision.
VALUE STATEMENTS – What is important to you as you seek your vision? Your own standards of excellence.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES – Tangible results with deadlines that will bring you closer to your vision.
In Advisory, we will be examining some famous examples from Walt Disney to Texas Commerce Bank. This process will look much different for 6th Graders as it will for Seniors. It will be incredibly interesting to revise these through the years and see how they remain the same and also evolve.
Students will also be responsible for an electronic portfolio. They have a choice between Weebly and Digication. Time will be dedicated in class to work on portfolios.
Student-Led Conferences are truly one of my favorite elements of our program. After missing out last semester while on leave, I am very much looking forward to our time together in April. You can find more information about the roles of students, teachers, and parents in Student-Led Conferences on the Polaris website:
Another resource, as we begin to put portfolios together, is our Advisory webpage. Here you can find all the materials and directions for portfolios as we introduce them in class. There is also a running communications blog that includes all previously sent emails.
I hope that this information is helpful to both you and your child. As we continue to prepare, please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas on how to make conferences the very best use of our time.