Category Archive: conferring

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.

From Telling Stories to Writing Stories- It’s all in respecting the process

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I pause to listen to these stories (as best as I can in classroom of 27 six-year-olds, each with a story to share). After they’ve shared their story I comment, “I can’t wait to read that story!” or “Wow, you already have an idea for writing workshop!” Some walk away shaking their heads, eager to write their story, others look at me puzzled as if they aren’t sure why I would say this when they just told me the story. (I often wonder if they’re thinking, “Weren’t you listening?”).

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…

Five Resources To Charge Up Your Writing Conferences

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Knowing what to teach is just as important as knowing how to teach. Here are five resources that will help with the what. Bonus: some are free!

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

The Cupcake Metaphor

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Find out what sprinkled cupcakes and figurative language instruction have to do each other!

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: Supplies and How to Use Them

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Here’s a list of things in my conferring toolkit! What’s in yours?

Conferring Toolkits: Class Stories, Shared Writing and Interactive Writing

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Whether it’s storytelling, or shared writing, or interactive writing, any piece of writing that your whole class created together is going to be extremely helpful to have at your fingertips while you are moving about the classroom conferring.

Conferring with Young Writers

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A peek into a coaching cycle centered on writing conferences with first graders.

The Reading Strategies Book

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Have plans mid-June? Cancel them and prepare to run to your nearest bookstore. The Reading Strategies Book by Jen Serravallo is a must and is intended for grades K-8!

Quick Tips for Writing Teaching Points

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A guide to crafting your own teaching points for 1:1 conferences, strategy lessons, minilessons, mid-workshop interruptions, and share sessions.

Helping Silent Kids Talk in a Conference

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Last week, I had a little brainstorming session with one of my favorite groups of teachers and we came up with a list of tried-and-true teaching moves to help the truly non-talking kids open up a little when it comes time to talk about the work they’ve been doing.

Conferring Roles

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What is the teacher’s role in a conference? What is the student’s role?

You Just Don’t Get It

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Do you ever feel like kids just aren’t getting “it?” You look at what they are doing but the “what” isn’t telling you anything. Try looking below the surface to the find the… Continue reading

Table Conferences: An Important Coaching Move at the Start of the Year

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Over the summer, we catch up on professional reading, we organize our classrooms, we make plans. In our reading and our planning, we imagine the very best possible scenarios. We see our children working… Continue reading

Sharpen Your Workshop Routines: Conferring Best Practices

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When we watch experts confer with student writers, we are often stunned at the way in which they seem to pull teaching points out of thin air. Not all of us confer so effortlessly. Preparation, organization, and data collection will each go a long way toward ensuring your conferring is stronger than ever this year.