Category Archive: inquiry

Let’s Talk About Methods for Conferring


When I was a new teacher, I learned from Lucy Calkins that there are basically four overall methods to choose from when planning instruction: 1) demonstration, 2) coaching, 3) inquiry, and 4) telling/explaining. This four-method framework is useful for thinking about conferring.

Setting Goals With Students


Once we teach students about goals and the importance of them in our lives, we can use the accompanying language in all aspects of their, and our own, learning.