Category Archive: conferring

What’s a “Conferring Scarf?”

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I wrote a post about structures and routines to teach kids in September within the context of Writing Workshop yesterday morning. There have been a few questions about “The Conferring Scarf.” Therefore, I… Continue reading

Those Shoes: The Mentor Text Teaching Document

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I worked on the Reading-Writing Connections Document for Those Shoes until 12:30 a.m. Here are two examples of the way I set it up: Craft Move Page Number(s) Why the Author Might Be… Continue reading

How to Make Conferring Better in Our Classrooms

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Conferring Tips from C.A. Originally uploaded by teachergal Carl Anderson delivered an excellent keynote address at the TCRWP’s Writing Institute, which I attended a couple of weeks ago. It was called, “So You… Continue reading

getting organized for next year

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Conferring Notebook Tabs Originally uploaded by teachergal Anyone who puts up next year’s bulletin boards before the school year ends will feel at-home when reading this post since that’s what I do since… Continue reading

Teaching Figurative Language with Mentor Poems

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I was conferring with one of my students in Writing Workshop yesterday and quickly found, as I researched, my compliment (meaningful line breaks while drafting) and teaching point (using figurative language, specifically similes).… Continue reading

Another Way of Responding to Student Writing

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My comments about a student’s memoir (draft one) Originally uploaded by teachergal This is the other way I respond to my students’ drafts for all assignments. I always attach a short narrative with… Continue reading

Pin-Drop Quiet in W.W.

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My room was pin-drop quiet during Writing Workshop today. Why? I did that great Katherine Bomer Activity I blogged about earlier this week entitled “Inside Me/Outside Me.” The kids not only pushed themselves,… Continue reading

Quotes & Poetry

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Today’s Writing Workshop lesson went soooo well. I had never had kids write about quotations before, but it was such a success! I look forward to folding this lesson into the first unit… Continue reading

Stacey’s Seventh of Eight Poems

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Even if you’re a few days behind, don’t fret. C’mon in and join JOY: Five Senses Poem Originally uploaded by teachergal I chose to write a poem about the emotion joy. I’m not… Continue reading

Writing Things That Make Me Happy

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1. Noticing the growth in a young writer: I conferred with one of my students today who fought with me tooth-and-nail at the beginning of the school year when it came to elaborating.… Continue reading

Conferring

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It’s true what Lucy always said about speaking loud enough so other students hear you while you confer… they do learn by listening in! I’ve known this for awhile, but was reminded of… Continue reading

becoming better.

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Today in a workshop, Carl Anderson emphasized the point of being intentional about approaching our conferring from the point of strength of the student. Basically, we learn what they are doing and help them… Continue reading

Plan Boxes

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I introduced the idea of Plan Boxes (see Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for grades 3-5 if you want more info on these amazing management tools!) to my class today. While some of… Continue reading

Selecting a variety of notebook entries…

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My fourth grade colleague and I have decided to share the photocopying responsibilities. Since my week is next week, I went to her today to find out if she’d be interested in having… Continue reading

Strategy Lesson and Conferring Coffee Table Area

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Small Group Work Space or Coffee Clutch? Originally uploaded by teachergal When I moved from New York City to Rhode Island I brought some furniture with me that I knew I’d no longer… Continue reading

Keeping Track of Writing Conferences

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I often feel like I’m conferring with the same kids over and over again in Writing Workshop. Hence, I’ve created a new tool, a KID TRACKER, to help me keep track of who… Continue reading

Operation Notebook

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So here I am, on a mission, to find the perfect notebook to use as my MASTER NOTEBOOK (sounds kind of funny calling it that) for my conferences. I think I found it… Continue reading

My Writing Teacher Goals

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Angela Redden got me thinking about all of my goals for the upcoming school year. I thought this would be a brilliant place for me to articulate my writerly goals, so here goes.… Continue reading

One notebook or many?

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Last week I blogged about a Recipe for Conferring Success. I’ve done some more thinking about it in recent days and am left pondering the following questions for myself as a teacher of… Continue reading

Recipe for Conferring Success

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I baked a delicious chocolate peanut butter chip quick bread this past weekend. It came from a mix. (See how honest I am!) However, it required a few ingredients, such as eggs, water,… Continue reading