My students fill out self-reflection rubrics for reading, writing, math, and behavior. Each one is basic, with an always/sometimes/never scale, and includes a goal for improvement. There is also a science/social studies "Ask me about what I've learned..." sheet. (I did this because I realized I had sent home most of the student products from this marking period - doh!) Finally, there is an At Home Goal Setting sheet for parents and student to develop together. This helps to create the triangle of accountability (teachers, families, students) for student success.
There are so many positives about SLCs! Parents love seeing their child take charge of their learning, students love talking about themselves, and I don't lose instructional time while they are happening. Yes, you read that right. While conferences are being conducted, I am still teaching. I schedule them so that there are no more than 4 SLCs happening at one time. The rest of my students know to be respectful of the space and volume in the classroom during SLCs.
After the first few children had a change to hold their 'meeting,' here is a snapshot of a conversation I overheard:
Student 1: "So, how did it feel to do your meeting?"
Student 2: "Well, I wasn't really embarrassed like I thought. I really felt mighty important!" (yes, that's a direct quote)
S1: "Are you glad you did it?"
S2: "Yes! It was so fun! I can't wait till the next one."
S1: "Were you scared?"
S2: "I had that butterfly-kinda-feeling. But that went away after, like, 3 seconds."
I know this was a super long post...and I could go on and on! Feel free to ask questions via comments or emails! Click on the image below to check out my SLC pack on TPT...I've included everything that I use in my conferences, as well as editable versions of the rubrics, calendars, and checklist.