My favorite conferences are all closely connected to my beliefs about writing instruction. The teaching points in each conference are ideas I want to be front and center for kids as we co-construct the workshop and community we will live and play in over the coming months (at any grade level).
Crafting a system for conferring notes can be a catch-all of sorts, a strategy for ensuring that teammates engage in the highest leverage instructional conversations before the unit begins—even if they haven’t had extended time to unit plan together.
We teachers keep all kinds of records and notes- attendance records, records of the books our students read, records about math concepts mastered, and spelling words missed. Yet, many of … Continue Reading Record Keeping- Why and How: Assessment Strengthens Writers
What teacher of writers superpower would you like to develop this year?
s a literacy coach, part of my role is to support teachers with how to work together with all the professionals who will come in and out of their reading and writing workshop. Lately, I’ve been brainstorming with some super smart teachers to figure out how we can get all the grown-ups in a classroom to be more consistent with one another.
Someday, perhaps I will finally make the break from old-fashioned binder to new fangled conferring app. But, for now, I have two just assembled conferring binders with which to begin a year of exciting work…
how do you become the kind of teacher who leaves plenty of think time? How do you go from rapid-fire, to more thoughtful questioning?
Two elements form the very heart of every conference: the student, and the mentor text I can use to nudge her writing piece forward. …
This trimester I’ve been fortunate to be able to continue working at the high school level alongside a ninth grade English teacher. Although my passion lies in implementing writing workshop … Continue Reading What I Learned Today.
This trimester I have the pleasure of working in a ninth grade language arts class. The first unit of study has been a deep look into narrative writing. The challenge … Continue Reading choice in process.
The thing that struck me the most while observing Debbie Miller was her demeanor with children. She was genuine. Sweet. Kind. Responsive. After watching her in a second grade and … Continue Reading Conferring Truths.
There’s a kid in my class that I’m continually impressed by. His answers are straight-out honest and typically thoughtful. He participates, even though at first glance I didn’t think he … Continue Reading Slice of Life: Conferring
“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 … Continue Reading Big Picture Series: Conferring
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 … Continue Reading Ruth’s Memoir Monday: High School Art Class.