In the interest of time, teachers may rush conferences. Reflection is the driving force behind student conferences. Take the opportunity to have students create written or oral reflection. Doing so will allow the student to make deeper connections.
Both student and teacher will benefit from asking open-ended questions that will synthesize learning. Honor the student’s strength and goals.
Depending on the purpose of the conference, the teacher may conference with a small group or individually. Small group conferences work best when students are working toward the same goal as a team.