I spent the majority of my day with Leasie. At Jakarta International School, in place of parent-teacher conferences, they have Student Led Conferences (SLC). Students invest many hours to prepare a google document as a "map" of their academic year. The document contains links to projects, tests, and slides shows.
Today, Leasie and I went to her classroom for her SLC. She completely directed the meeting. For forty-five minutes, she took me through the progress she's made on math, writing, and reading. She shared her goals and accomplishments. She also shared her "reflections" about the year. What a thrill to see independence, classroom technology, and the fostering of responsibility in students! I was very impressed.
Next she showed me her favorite rooms: the art room and the music room. I discovered that Gamelan is much more difficult than it looks!
In five days, Leasie will graduate from elementary school. I found myself feeling a bit nostalgic today.
Here's a picture of Leasie a couple months before she started Kindergarten. I think a part of me will always picture her this way.