Anyway... I just wanted to share a few things that I do during conferences. If possible, I have the student run the conference. I have them complete the sheets below which I found from Lesson Plan SOS. This really helps them guide what they tell their parents and I have found the students to be VERY honest. Their reflections usually match their grades closely, and light bulbs seem to go off in many of their heads about their work habits.
They are often tougher on themselves then I would be, but that is often a great teaching point in itself!
This conference I also asked them to write a short note to their parents telling them one thing that they are proud of this quarter and one thing that they are still working on. It worked great for the conference but also as a mini-assessment.