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Conferring Carl on Writing Conferences

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Want to improve your conferring? Carl Anderson’s new book, A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, will help you learn the ins and outs of conferring well with young writers.
Read the Q&A with Carl, then leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of your own!

A few ideas for conferring

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Potentially, one of the most impactful opportunities we have for making a lasting difference on our students as writers is when we pull up next to them and confer with them. It’s SO worth spending some time reflecting, setting goals, and developing tools and strategies for the conferring work we do as teachers. 

Conferring with Writers: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop

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    “How about we read Goodnight, Gorilla?” Raising my eyebrows, I gazed hopefully at my two year-old daughter.  “Or maybe we could read The Grouchy Ladybug? You love that one!” “No!” Her… Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Methods for Conferring

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When I was a new teacher, I learned from Lucy Calkins that there are basically four overall methods to choose from when planning instruction: 1) demonstration, 2) coaching, 3) inquiry, and 4) telling/explaining. This four-method framework is useful for thinking about conferring.

Conferring: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

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“Lift the ball with your right hand, and pretend your right knee is tied to your right elbow.”  Placing the orange ball uncertainly in my right hand, I glanced over at Mr. Brown,… Continue reading

The Power of Silence in Conferring

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I took a deep breath and paused a long pregnant pause. My next words needed to be just right.

Conferring with “If… Then… Then… Then…” in Mind

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We can all be a little more like my daughter’s swim teacher, Coach Annie, and a little less like the camp counselors of my childhood. Here’s how.

Conferring Tip: Listening Closely

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A wise person once told me, conferring is the heart of the writing workshop. And much has been written about how to go about conferring effectively. Guides and professional books abound, videos, websites… Continue reading

Literacy Coaches: Conferring with Teachers and Co-Teaching in Writing Workshop

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As a literacy coach, my preference is to visit on any given regular day to be a part of what is authentically happening, and to have genuine, in-the-moment conversations in the classroom. At the same time, it is helpful to have some structure around how a given classroom visit might go–so that people know what to expect. Conferring with teachers and co-teaching makes this possible.

Five Words to Get You Started with Conferring

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Keep this conferring tip in your back pocket.

Conferring with Writers is Like Coaching Skiers: Strength ID and Enhancement

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Many years ago, one of my first jobs was as a ski instructor at a local ski resort. During our instructor training, we were taught a technique called “strength identification and enhancement.”

Teaching Students to Get Better at Conferring

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Teachers aren’t the only ones who can learn to get better at conferring. So can students!

Get REALLY Good at Conferring

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Are you new to writing workshop? Are you trying to get better at conferring? Are you having a tough time making conferring work for you? I’ve got seven tips to help you become a stronger conferrer.

Building a conferring binder

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Someday, perhaps I will finally make the break from old-fashioned binder to new fangled conferring app. But, for now, I have two just assembled conferring binders with which to begin a year of exciting work…

Moving from Partnerships to Peer Conferring

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I attended Kathleen Tolan’s “Once You Have Taught Workshops for Years, How Do You Go from Good to Great? Tap the Power of Peer Conferring and Supporting Student Independence and Goal-Setting.” Workshop at… Continue reading

ICYMI: Conferring Toolkits Blog Series

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In case you missed it! Check out our posts on conferring toolkits.

Conferring Toolkits: Mentor Texts

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Two elements form the very heart of every conference: the student, and the mentor text I can use to nudge her writing piece forward. …

Conferring Toolkits: Record Keeping

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Handwritten vs. Digital? How do you keep records of your conferences?

Conferring Toolkits: Cheat Sheets

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Add some cheat sheets to your Conferring Toolkits

Conferring Toolkits: Creating Visuals for Teaching Tools

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In the case of explaining a strategy, a tip, or a writing insight, a picture is often worth a thousand words. Or more!