Category Archive: conferring

Tips from Amanda Hartman, Conferring Guru

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Amanda Hartman, author of One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers, offers tips for teachers on how to strengthen their writing conferences.

ICYMI: A Wrap-Up of the Tailoring Our Teaching Blog Series

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Our first blog series has come to an end. This post recaps the Tailoring Our Teaching Blog Series. Also, we’d like to know what YOU would like to write about the next time we host a blog series on TWT.

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

Coaching Conferences in the Writing Workshop

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It’s January, at the top of a mountain in Vermont. Ten six and seven year olds are lined up on the side of a ski trail. Their skis all pointing toward me, ready… Continue reading

Remember to Compliment

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

Teaching Toolkits: Making Instruction Visible

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Anna Gratz Cockerille provides tips for organizing and developing teaching toolkits you can use across the school year.

Conferring

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What do you find most difficult when it comes to conferring? I’d love to know your responses! Click here to read mine.

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers

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Today’s guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.

Conferring Notes Go High Tech

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There are a variety of record-keeping apps, which make it possible to monitor your students’ writing progress. Confer, DailyNotes, Evernote, and Notability are four popular apps that promise to make it easier, dare-I-say… Continue reading

Keep Learning

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Today I read a few pages from Peter Johnston’s book, Choice Words. You know this book, right? If not, it is a small, powerful read that can change your teaching life forever. (If… Continue reading

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

Throwback Thursday: Conferring

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

A Little Conferring Secret

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Often, one of the things people mention after observing me confer is my wait time. I shouldn’t be surprised by this because it has become a typical response to my conferring style. However,… Continue reading

5 Reasons to Keep Conference Records

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Conference records hold you accountable for meeting with everyone. I know there are lots of students who need you. I know there are students who you think won’t get going until you talk… Continue reading

Conferring

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Deb Gaby said this to me last week: Conferring is the heartbeat of workshop. I have to agree. Conferring is the way we gauge if our instruction is effective. It is the way… Continue reading

A Secret to Conferring

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I like to figure out why writers make the choices they make. It’s fascinating to learn about writers’ processes, just as it is fascinating to gain insight into the processes of the writers… Continue reading

21st Century Research

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This is the view from the beginning of my day. Our middle schools are working toward an Academic Learning Fair. We are being intentional about considering Common Core standards and making shifts to… Continue reading

Working Together to Help Struggling Writers

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I’m working on a presentation, “Getting Started with Writing Workshop,” for a group of 3rd – 6th grade teachers I’ll be working with later this month. I’ve made a list of non-negotiables I’m… 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

Topic Choice

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So often, we run into students who say, “I don’t know what to write about.” We work to help them develop topics. We make lists of writing ideas. We encourage them to explore… Continue reading