Engaging our students is the cornerstone of a Rectory education, and in the elementary division, we are preparing our students to lead their own Spring Conferences. They are called Shared Conferences because the student attends the conference, along with their parents and teachers.
Working in collaboration, elementary students, parents, and classroom teachers determine three individual goals for each child to achieve during the school year. Goals are designed to be developmentally appropriate for each child and may encompass the following categories: Social, Academic, and Organizational. We believe that the need to reflect on our experiences, as individuals, and as a community, is essential to our continued growth.
Documentation of children’s learning is gathered in portfolios that include goals, rubrics, anecdotal records, samples of children’s work, and assessment–formative and summative. Both teacher and child share in the process of selecting material for portfolios, which provides abundant opportunities for self-assessment and conversations. This reflection leads to realistic and meaningful feedback about the achievement for both current and future learning expectations. Building the portfolio is an ongoing process throughout the school year, and the student and classroom teacher may submit entries. It enables children to construct for themselves an authentic and lasting sense of personal value and competence.
Spring Shared Conferences
Unlike typical Parent-Teacher Conferences, Rectory's Spring Shared Conferences include and are led by the children. Looking through the portfolio with their parents and teacher during Spring Shared Conferences allows our students to reflect on their work, notice what has changed, and look ahead and plan for what still needs to be done.
Fourth graders visit the Pomfret School's Astronomy teacher Josh Lake at the Olmsted Observatory for a special look at the planets, stars, and moon.
Our grade four students had a unique field trip to visit the children's book author/illustrator Peter H. Reynolds in his bookstore, The Blue Bunny in Dedham, MA.
On Friday, May 11, the RPA is sponsoring an ES Egg Scavenger Hunt around the Rectory Pond.