Category Archive: conferring

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

Answers to a Variety of Workshop-Related Questions

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When Ruth and I present, we always leave time for teachers to turn and talk.  Our Monday morning session at KSRA was much smaller than our Sunday afternoon session, which meant we could… Continue reading

Conferring.

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Tomorrow I get to meet with a book study group. We’re going to read Conferring: The Keystone to Reader’s Workshop by Patrick Allen. Deb Gaby, an incredible reading coach for my district is… Continue reading

Purpose, Process, & Craft with Carl Anderson

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Carl Anderson (aka: The Conferring Guy) has not only listened to the Beatles’ music; he has studied it.  He has determined by the Beatles wrote particular songs, how they wrote them, and what… Continue reading

Conferring Reminders

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First apologies + thank you.  Apologies because I forgot to blog!  As unreal as that seems, it is the truth.  On Monday night I crashed before 9 (could it be because I had… Continue reading

Record-Keeping Forms

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I recently tweaked some of the record-keeping forms I disseminate when I consult with teachers about conferring.  Some of the forms now have space to record the mentor text a teacher studies in… Continue reading

Planned & Unplanned Mentor Text Conferences

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I have been a bit of a mentor text aficionada for the past three and a half years.  It all started when I asked an incoming class of fifth graders this question at… Continue reading

The Case for Record-Keeping

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Ruth and I are putting the finishing touches on the Conferring Section of our book just as I’m starting to work on presentations for two separate school districts about conferring in the Writing… Continue reading

Back to School Week: Conferring

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We received a couple of questions about conferring last week.  They were: Michele wrote: I would like for you to share ideas about conferring. I love my conversations about books with my 4th… Continue reading

Reading Notebooks

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Katie asked: How often do you collect and look at notebooks or are you doing it as you conference with students? I rarely read through a student’s notebook during a Writing Conference.  The… Continue reading

Back to Basics: Conferring (Part of TWT’s Big Picture Series)

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I consider myself fortunate to have learned more about the art of conferring with young writers from some of the best folks out there: Carl Anderson, Lucy Calkins, and Jen Serravallo.  As many… Continue reading

Getting Back to Basics: Structures & Routines (Part of TWT’s Big Pictures Series)

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Structures and routines need to be clear in your head so they can be implemented when you start Writing Workshop. You can shift to a new routine or modify one that’s not working… Continue reading

Big Picture Series: Conferring

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“Teach the writer, not the writing.” – Lucy Calkins   Do you ever feel exasperated by all of the errors you see in your students’ writing?  The conference begins and before you know… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: High School Art Class.

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I walk into my favorite class of the day, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are floating through the air, She grew up in an Indiana town, with a good lookin’ mama who was never ’round,… Continue reading

Answering Questions About Writing Workshop

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I received a bunch of questions from a regular reader of TWT yesterday. Her questions seemed like ones that other folks might want the answers to, so I asked her if I could… Continue reading

Peek In!

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Peek into two a strategy lesson and a conference I had during today’s Writing Workshop. 1. Strategy Lesson With Ruth’s Blessing, I printed out her the Slice of Life Story (SOLS) she wrote… Continue reading

Stacey’s SOLSC & A Great Writing Conference Collide

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SOLSC for 091608 – Knowing the Right Thing to Say Originally uploaded by teachergal I had one of the most amazing early-in-the-school-year writing conferences today. The student literally pondered what she was working… Continue reading

Trading My Favorite Classroom Spaces

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Trading Our Favorite Spaces: 1 of 2 Originally uploaded by teachergal Mary Lee & Franki are hosting something of a blog carnival over at A Year of Reading. It’s called Trading (Our Favorite)… Continue reading

Keeping Records

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Strategy Lesson Record Sheet Originally uploaded by teachergal It’s always been tedious recording the teaching point from strategy lessons on three – five kids’ conference record sheets every time I conduct a strategy… Continue reading

Meta-Language for Talking About Texts

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I was just reviewing my notes from the course I took with Lucy at the TCRWP Summer Writing Institute last month. I came across a page of notes I took where Lucy summarized… Continue reading