Competency-Based Learning Strategy:

Conferencing as a Method of Assessment

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Teacher-student conferencing is a one-on-one conversation between a teacher and a learner to discuss the learner’s learning progress. It allows teachers and learners to gather information about what learners know and understand, what they are struggling with, and what they need to work on. This information can then be used to adjust instruction and provide additional support as needed.

Bright Spots

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Mid-Unit Conference

The Community for Learning, a middle school in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic uses conferencing on student work in the middle of a unit to ensure that learners are clearly understanding & getting the support they need

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Small Group Conference

A chemistry teacher at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, TN uses 1-1 and 1-2 conferences with special education students to help both her and them know what they know and don’t yet know about balancing equations.

Student One-On-Ones

Erin Kahn, a science teacher, sits 1:1 with a learner to understand where she is in her learning process.


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