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Keeping Track of Writing Conferences

I often feel like I’m conferring with the same kids over and over again in Writing Workshop. Hence, I’ve created a new tool, a KID TRACKER, to help me keep track of who I meet with in strategy lessons and for conferences. At the end of Writing Workshop, I intend on shifting the clothespins of the kids who are “on deck” to the right side of the oak tag. That way, I can have a visual of who I need to confer with the following day. Once I have conferred with everyone in the class, I’ll shift all of the clothespins back to the left side.

I’m going to try this for Reading Workshop as well. I hope it’s effective with helping me keep a better handle of who I’ve met with so that I can equally distribute my time amongst all of my students!

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

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  1. I LOVE THIS IDEA! I have 25 5th graders–some who are ready to publish volumes and some who aren’t sure what that stick called a pencil is all about. What a perfectly simple way to keep track!



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