Tuesday, February 8, 2011

My turn to ask for help...

Ahhh.... the calm after the storm has arrived, albeit just for a few days. Between Groundhog Day, Packer Day on Friday, the Super Bowl win and the craziness that accompanies it, and the 100th day all crammed into a week's time- life in 1st grade has been anything short of normal. I'm happily looking forward to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Yes, Monday is Valentine's Day and so a bit more craziness next week along with Parent Teacher conferences, a field trip and 2 RTI meetings. Hmmm... did I already say how much I am looking forward to this Wed, Thurs, and Fri?  :-)
Granted I don't have time this year, unfortunately, but I'd like to do some version of student led conferences next year with my firsties and incorporate the SMARTboard as well. I've seen one way of doing it but it was VERY teacher time intensive and unfortunately with a 6 and 4 year old at home, I have limited time in some regards. Does anyone out there do student-led conferences or a modified variation of them? Does anyone incorporate the SMARTboard into their conferences and how?? If you've got some insight into either or both of my newest ponders, could you please leave a comment or email me at sjmalchow@pulaski.k12.wi.us?


  1. http://blogs.scholastic.com/classroom_solutions/2010/11/student-led-parent-teacher-conferences.html

    Hope this helps! :)


  2. I don't have an answer for you I have struggled with this as well. With 21 students and a 3 and 5 year old at home (girls) I don't have the time to create it.

    I just wanted to say Hi and let you know that I know exactly how you feel right now. I am from West DePere and have been bombarded by a fabulous Packer season on top of all the other February festivities. What a great win for us in Green Bay! I hope you had as much fun as I have been having with my kiddos cheering on the Packers.
    Good luck next week with all that you have going on!

  3. Thank you both for your comments and for the link! I definitely have some thinking to do between now and next year on how it want it to look and how I can manage it without feeling overwhelmed at a typically very busy time of year already.

  4. Hi Sara - I have used the Smart Recorder for students reading or doing math and have shown this video to the parents...especially for those who don't have the students come.

  5. Hi Sarah!- Thanks for the tidbit! I've got to learn how to use the voice recorder function. Tried the other day but didn't work. May have to pick YOUR brain one of these days. :-)