Category Archive: conferences

Tailoring Our Teaching: No Need to Wing It If You’ve Got Great Conferring Notes

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Lucy Calkins, author of many books on teaching writing, often says that conferring is the heart of writing workshop. I once heard her say to a group of graduate students that she wished… Continue reading

Remember to Compliment

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Take the time to compliment every child in every kind of conference you do.

Conferences are dialogues.

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[Conferences] are not mini-lectures but the working talk of fellow writers sharing their experience with the writing process. At times, of course, they will be teacher and student, master and apprentice, if you… Continue reading

Choice Literacy: Coaching the Common Core {Part 2 of 3}

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The second portion of the Choice Literacy workshop, Coaching the Common Core was led by Heather Rader. Heather is the author of Side By Side: Short Takes on Best Practice for Teachers and… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Conferring

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Check out some of our past posts about all aspects of conferring.

All-Write Summer Institute 2013

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I know I’m a little bias, but this is one of my favorite conferences. It is a little like summer camp for teachers. I think the reason why it’s so great is because… Continue reading

Best First Draft

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When students move from their notebook to draft, I encourage them to write their best first draft. (Click here to see other posts I’ve written about best first drafts.) Something that I’m always… Continue reading

Learning how to confer with student writers

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One of the teachers I’m working alongside is really focused on honing her conferring skills. So we are hunkering down beside students and listening intently to their work. She leads the conference and… Continue reading

Verbal Cues — Pilates & Writing Series: Part 5 of 5

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When I started working with Lauren, my Pilates instructor here in Pennsylvania almost two and a half years ago, she gave me a lot of verbal cues.  The ones I heard the most… Continue reading

All-Write Conference

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I on purpose waited to write today’s post because I knew I’d have all kinds of ideas swirling after the All-Write conference. However, it is 10:15 and I’m just sitting down alone in… Continue reading

Dinner (Ruth’s SOLS)

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This weekend I have the privilege of attending the Michigan Reading Association conference. I’m always surprised how surreal life seems when I attend a conference. The normal evening things like dinner, baths, books, bed are… Continue reading

Conferring? Please Help!

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So first, Wow! Thank you for the comments on the last post. You have no idea how comments fuel me as a writer. Thanks for taking the time. And second, I think this… Continue reading

Conferring: Knowing when to walk away

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Conferring is arguably the most important part of writing workshop. It is definitely more important than the minilesson, although I’m not sure it is more important than sharing. That’s not the point of… Continue reading

Our NCTE Presentation Is Tomorrrow.

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Ruth and I will be presenting at at the NCTE Annual Convention tomorrow afternoon.  Our presentation on reflective practice will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Saybrook Room at the Disney Yacht and… Continue reading

End of a Fantastic Day

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It’s been a long day at Literacy for All. We each attended great sessions (which I’m sure you’ll find out more about in upcoming blog posts), presented two different sessions, and are now… Continue reading

Literacy for All — Tomorrow!

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We’ll be presenting at at the Literacy for All Conference tomorrow.  Our presentations are will be at 10:30 and 3:30 p.m. If you’re planning to be at either of the presentations, then please… Continue reading

Fall Literacy Conferences

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Ruth and I presented twice at the Keystone State Reading Association Conference this past Sunday and Monday.  We met lots of great people at the conference and would like to thank the folks… Continue reading

Finishing Touches

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We’re putting the finishing touches on our presentations for the Keystone State Reading Association Conference, which begins today.  We’re looking for the fall literacy conference season to begin!  (We’ll be presenting at Literacy… Continue reading

Will you be at KSRA?

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Ruth and I will be presenting twice at the upcoming Keystone State Reading Association Conference in Hershey, PA this-coming Sunday and Monday.  Our presentations are scheduled for Sunday afternoon, October 24th at 4:00… Continue reading