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Conferring with Boys in Middle School

Katie Doherty circulates among sixth-grade boys in her reading workshop. These quick conferences and conferring tips are the first installment in a two-part series.

Adding Dialogue to Writing: Conferring with Sam

Karen Terlecky confers with Sam about adding dialogue to writing in her fifth-grade classroom.

Using a Strategy Card in a Reading Conference

Deb Gaby confers with second grader Reagan early in the school year. She is reading her first chapter book, and using a reading strategies "toolkit" for support.

Quick Writing Conferences in Second Grade

In these brief writing conferences with second graders, Sean Moore reinforces an earlier minilesson on using descriptive language.

Getting to Know a Young Reader

As she confers with first grader Kendall, Deb Gaby skillfully weaves questions about home and reading together.

Questioning Questions: Rethinking Prompts for Reading Conferences

Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris are rethinking questions used in one-on-one reading conferences.

Catching Up with Anna

Katie Doherty Czerwinski tackles the challenging issue of helping a student catch up in book clubs and reading workshop when they have missed a lot of class time.

Notebook Sketching: Conferring with Sarah

Aimee Buckner confers with Sarah about sketching in her notebook.

Making Time for Individual Conferences

Franki Sibberson explains how longer conferences early in the year pay dividends all year long.

Making Memories Stick: Tutoring Kirk

Max Brand tutors a struggling fourth grader who produces very little writing.

Moving Away from Bed to Bed: Conferring with Ty

Ruth Ayres confers with fourth grader Ty about his personal narrative, and works to move him away from a “bed-to-bed” approach in his writing.

Guiding Principles for Conferring

Melanie Meehan shares what’s essential in conferring.

Conferring About Characters in First Grade

Katie DiCesare confers with Vidhi about the main character in her independent reading book.

Dictation in Fourth Grade: Conferring with Donovan

Beth Lawson helps fourth grader Donovan focus his many ideas for writing through some dictation in a writing conference.

Visualizing Plot Points: The Roller Coaster Conference

Beth Lawson helps a child visualize a mystery story he is writing as a roller coaster with ups and downs, and twists and turns.

Conferring About the Author

Beth Lawson confers with a fourth grader about her “about the author” blurb, a great chance to learn more about students’ home passions.

First-Grade Humor: Conferring with Jude

Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Jude. He is inspired in his writing by Captain Underpants, the #1 challenged book series in schools over the past three years.

Personal Narratives and Memoir: Conferring with Bode

Ruth Ayres confers with Bode about the difference between personal narratives and memoirs, and the value of mining the writing journal for topics.

Fluency and Comprehension Conference

Aimee Buckner confers with fourth grader Amanda about her reading comprehension and fluency, encouraging her to use a post-it note to track thinking around a focus question.

Conferring About Illustrations

Ruth Ayres encourages a young writer to emulate a favorite illustrator.

Revising Writing: Fourth-Grade Conference

Tony Keefer confers with fourth grader Sydney about revising her writing and transitioning to a new genre early in the year.

An Organizing Tool for Writing

Ruth Ayres gives fourth grader Allie an organization tool for brainstorming memoir possibilities early in the year.

Fourth-Grade Reading Conference: Focusing While Reading

Aimee Buckner helps fourth grader Isaiah focus his reading early in the year in this quick conference.

Fifth-Grade Memoir Writing: Conferring with Wesley

Ruth Ayres confers with fifth grader Wesley about his personal narrative on scouting.

Book Choice Conference in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek has a book choice conference with Drew. This is the first installment in her kindergarten conferring series.
 

Conferring About Illustration in Kindergarten

Ruth Ayres confers with five-year-old Abby about her apple illustration early in the school year.

Home and School, Fiction and Nonfiction: Eighth-Grade Conference

Katie Baydo-Reed confers with an eighth-grade student moving between fiction and nonfiction texts, and gives advice about which books are appropriate for home reading.

Conveying Messages with Cover Art

Ruth Ayres confers with fourth grader Braden about the importance of inviting cover art for the book he's written about a vacation.

Mental Images: Connecting Reading and Sketching

Sean Moore confers with second grader Teague, masterfully demonstrating how to move between instruction and celebration when conferring with a child who struggles with reading.

Conferring About Independent Reading

Karen Terlecky confers with Alex, a fifth grader who needs help choosing books for independent reading.

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