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 … Continue Reading Summer Writing “Blogstitute” Starts Today
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 … Continue Reading Confer Like a Doctor
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 … Continue Reading Bits of This & That
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 … Continue Reading A Tough Conference
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, … Continue Reading Conferring? Please Help!
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 … Continue Reading Conferring: Knowing when to walk away
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 … Continue Reading So What?!?
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 … Continue Reading A (New?) Conferring Thought
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 … Continue Reading Conferring Thoughts
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 … Continue Reading Answers to a Variety of Workshop-Related Questions
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 … Continue Reading Conferring.
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 … Continue Reading Purpose, Process, & Craft with Carl Anderson
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 … Continue Reading Conferring Reminders
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 … Continue Reading Record-Keeping Forms
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 … Continue Reading Planned & Unplanned Mentor Text Conferences
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 … Continue Reading The Case for Record-Keeping