It’s true what Lucy always said about speaking loud enough so other students hear you while you confer… they do learn by listening in! I’ve known this for awhile, but was reminded of it yesterday when I brought six of my students up to my classroom at lunchtime to further assist them with creating solid thesis statements and sub-categories for their literary essays.

I was conferring with one of my students when I overheard one of my students who was sitting within earshot, say, “Listening to Ms. Shubitz talk with her is helping me with my categories for Chrysanthemum too.” In fact, this student repeated that to one of her classmates two more times. By the end of lunch, not only did she NOT need my help anymore, but she felt like she had further developed her thesis and categories just by listening in!

Ah! The power of conferring!