The teachable moment is what we live for - is there anything more magic than reaching a reader or writer with exactly the right words at exactly the right time? We've bottled some of that magic in the resources that follow, with print guidelines and scores of video examples from master teachers.
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.
Karen Terlecky confers with Sam about adding dialogue to writing in her fifth-grade classroom.
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.
In these brief writing conferences with second graders, Sean Moore reinforces an earlier minilesson on using descriptive language.
As she confers with first grader Kendall, Deb Gaby skillfully weaves questions about home and reading together.
Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris are rethinking questions used in one-on-one reading conferences.
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.
Aimee Buckner confers with Sarah about sketching in her notebook.
Franki Sibberson explains how longer conferences early in the year pay dividends all year long.
Max Brand tutors a struggling fourth grader who produces very little writing.
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.
Katie DiCesare confers with Vidhi about the main character in her independent reading book.
Beth Lawson helps fourth grader Donovan focus his many ideas for writing through some dictation in a writing 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.
Beth Lawson confers with a fourth grader about her “about the author” blurb, a great chance to learn more about students’ home passions.
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.
Ruth Ayres confers with Bode about the difference between personal narratives and memoirs, and the value of mining the writing journal for topics.
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.
Ruth Ayres encourages a young writer to emulate a favorite illustrator.
Tony Keefer confers with fourth grader Sydney about revising her writing and transitioning to a new genre early in the year.
Ruth Ayres gives fourth grader Allie an organization tool for brainstorming memoir possibilities early in the year.
Aimee Buckner helps fourth grader Isaiah focus his reading early in the year in this quick conference.
Ruth Ayres confers with fifth grader Wesley about his personal narrative on scouting.
Mandy Robek has a book choice conference with Drew. This is the first installment in her kindergarten conferring series.
Ruth Ayres confers with five-year-old Abby about her apple illustration early in the school year.
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.
Ruth Ayres confers with fourth grader Braden about the importance of inviting cover art for the book he's written about a vacation.
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.
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