Individual Conferences: Session 8

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Weekly routines: Now, we will get into a pattern of routines for the remaining individual conferences.

1. Rate your week (Based on Wilde, 1995): Ask the student to rate her school-week on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being very poor, and 10 being outstanding. Then ask him/her to explain why she rated the week the way that he/she did.

Week 8 Rating: _________


2. Self-Evaluation of Achievement

How do you think that you are doing in class?

What is your current grade in the class? (How do you know?)

Often, students do not know their grades in a given class. They simply don’t keep track, and so they always report that they are doing “well”. Now is an excellent time to show the student how to keep track of class grades and work out some sort of system so that the student can keep track of his or her own grades in the future.
3. Re-explore utility, attainment, and interest values for the class.

1. What was the most interesting thing that you learned in class this week?

2. How can you make class more interesting for yourself?

3. What was the most useful thing that you learned in class this week?

4. How can you make class more useful to you?

5. What accomplishment from class are you most proud of?

6. What can you do to feel even better about yourself in class?

4. Review whether the strategies that you and the student developed for increasing the task value of the class during sessions 3 and 7are working, and make any necessary modifications.

MODIFICATIONS to Strategies from session 3:

Ideas for increasing the Interest Value of ______________ Class:

Ideas for increasing the Utility Value of ________________ Class:

Ideas for increasing the Identity Value of ______________ Class:

Ideas for increasing the cost of doing poorly or decreasing the cost of doing well.

Can you and/or the student might realistically incorporate any of these ideas into class or school?

5. Closing:

  • Give the student the opportunity to talk freely about anything class related that might be on his or her mind.
  • You and the student should close by summarizing what the student accomplished between last week and this week, and what the student will try to accomplish between this week and next week.
  • Call attention to any progress or positive steps that the student has made. Also mention any areas that continue to need attention, and relate those areas to the students stated goals.

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