Category Archive: conferring

Raise Your Glass: The Making of a Wedding Toast

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My brother-in-law is getting married this Sunday.  Marc, my husband, is his brother’s best man.  As is tradition at most weddings, Marc will be delivering a toast at the reception. Last weekend Marc… 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

Mr. Stowlkey and Mr. Smith

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Mr. Stowlkey and Mr. Smith were the teachers in one of the kindergarten writing workshops I was in today. They are incredible teachers. They are both six. (Normally I don’t refer to students… Continue reading

Digital Conferring Notebook

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A Note from Stacey:  A little over a year ago Amy Platt, who is a sixth grade teacher at Melissa Ridge Intermediate School in Melissa, Texas, contacted me with a question about something… Continue reading

A Seminar About Conferring

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I’ll be leading a seminar, “Conferring in Writing Workshop,” on Wednesday, February 22nd at Penn State – Harrisburg.  I’ll be talking about conferring basics, as well as sharing strategies for implementing peer conferring… Continue reading

Review Mentor Texts

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I’m excited to share this with you. It was one of those times when things just worked out in writing workshop. In one of the third grade classes studying reviews, we began talking… 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

Just Listen. Just Listen. Just Listen.

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These two words cycle through my mind every, oh I don’t know, maybe, every five seconds during writing workshop (and other times of the day, but I’ll keep focused on being a teacher… Continue reading

Conference Roles

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I like to think of a writing conference as a conversation. Just like many common conversations, there is a predictable structure to the writing conference. I think it’s important for us to teach… Continue reading

How to Write

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This past week I’ve had several conversations with young writers about how to write something. Not the logistics of making letters or spelling words, but how to craft their writing in order to… Continue reading

Record-Keeping Forms

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Ever since I took Carl Anderson‘s course, “Assessment-Based Writing Instruction: Use a study of Student Work to Generate Goals and Systems for Recording Progress Towards Those Goals,” I’ve been thinking a lot about… Continue reading

Summer Writing “Blogstitute” Starts Today

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Stenhouse’s Summer Writing “Blogstitute” starts today.  My post on student-initiated writing conferences kicks of the Blogstitute today.  Ruth’s piece on celebrating student writers will follow on Monday, July 18th.  Later in the summer… Continue reading

Confer Like a Doctor

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I’m taking Carl Anderson‘s week-long class, Assessment-Based Writing Instruction: Use a study of Student Work to Generate Goals and systems for Recording Progress Towards Those Goals, at the July Writing Institute this week. … Continue reading

Bits of This & That

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Remember this letter that Allie sent to Eve Bunting last fall along with The Ghostly Scary Mystery she wrote dedicated to Eve Bunting? Allie got a response! Yes, there was a form letter,… Continue reading

A Tough Conference

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Today I conferred with a fourth grade girl who was doing her best to write a feature article. I watched her for a few minutes before I conferred with her and noticed she… 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

So What?!?

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I’ve noticed many of my conferences this week have centered around purpose. I’ve found myself asking again and again and agian, “So why are you writing this? Why is it important?” Nancie Atwell… Continue reading

A (New?) Conferring Thought

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One of the teachers I’ve been working with this week is focusing on conferring. So I’ve been talking to writers, he’s been listening in, and then we reflect together about the conferences. This… Continue reading

Conferring Thoughts

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Just a few things on my mind about conferring: It’s a conversation. Just talk as a writer to another writer. Look for approximations. What is the student almost doing but not quite? Compliment… Continue reading