I’m sitting on the rug next to my desk creating charts for the new school year. There’s not much to create since many of my old ones are laminated.
I came across this conferring chart (i.e., typed up in my files) and am getting ready to put it on chart paper. I have NO IDEA where I adapted the following chart from, but I know it didn’t come from me (originally). If you happen to know where this is from, then PLEASE tell me so I can give the original author his/her necessary credit.
FIRST THE STUDENT IS IN THE LEAD ROLE
– Student: You set the agenda for the conference by describing the work you’re doing as a reader or a writer.
— Teacher: I listen carefully to what you’re saying about your reading or writing work. I will ask you questions to clarify what you’re saying so that I can totally understand what you’re working on.
THEN THE TEACHER IS IN THE LEAD ROLE
– Teacher: I will share an assessment of your reading or writing work based on what you told me at the beginning of our conference.
— Student: You listen carefully to the assessment. You should ask me questions if you aren’t sure of what I’m saying to you.
– Teacher: I will give you a strategy to help you doing better reading or writing work.
— Student: You try to figure out how to do better work. You should listen carefully to what I’m telling you about how to do better work. You may often have the chance to try out the strategy I’m presenting to you in front of me so that I can see how you’re doing with what I taught you on-the-spot.
This “role” sheet provides students with a nice overview of what you expect from them in a conference , and what they should expect from you.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade 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).