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Visiting the Doctor: Conferring with Alexis

Ruth Ayres confers with first grader Alexis about her visit to the doctor for a shot. The conference focuses on illustrations and labeling.

Conferring About Word Learning

Sean Moore teaches second grader Mikhail some strategies for learning words in a conference.

Drama and Two-Page Spreads: Conferring with Max

Ruth Ayres confers with second grader Max about the drama of losing his dog, and the value of using two-page spreads to tell a story.

Conferring About Lemony Snicket and Vocabulary

Aimee Buckner confers with fourth grader Samantha about reading a series and tackling challenging vocabulary at the same time in this brief video.

More Sophisticated Mysteries: Conferring with Yuki

Franki Sibberson confers with fourth grader Yuki to expand his reading options into more complex series and mysteries.

Collecting Ideas in the Writer’s Notebook

Ruth Ayres confers with third grader Jade about the importance of the “collecting” phase for writers.

Previewing a Book with an Eighth Grader

In this brief conference, Katie Baydo-Reed chats with an eighth grader as he previews The Wednesday Wars and makes connections to the main character.

Conferring with Sebastian

Katie DiCesare chats with first grader Sebastian in this one-minute conference, then shares her reflections on where Sebastian might go next in his reading.

Rereading for Writing: Conferring with Jack

Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Jack, using rereading to help him rethink the title of his story and possibilities for revision.

Tracking Characters: A Conferring Tip

Aimee Buckner teaches a fourth grader a strategy for using a sticky note to keep track of characters when there are multiple narrators in a novel.

Powerful Conferences

Ruth Ayres explains how deciding the purpose of conferring in advance can lead to more powerful conferences.

Better Reading Conferences

Katherine Sokolowski describes how she worked over the past few years to initiate better reading conferences.

Writing a Strong Ending: 4th Grade Writing Conference

Tony Keefer confers with fourth grader Tommy to help him write a stronger ending.

Reporting and Crafting: Conferring with Ezra

Ruth Ayres confers with Ezra about revision — using a mentor text to help him move from reporting to crafting in his writing.

Kindle Highlights: Conferring with Nicole

If you’ve ever used a Kindle Reader, you might be fascinated by the highlighted notes of other readers. Franki Sibberson uses those notes in a conference with Nicole.

Partner Reading Conference in First Grade

Katie DiCesare confers with Jack and Praneel about their partner reading.

Illustrations in Kindergarten: Conferring with Dalton

Ruth Ayres confers with kindergartner Dalton early in the year, focusing on his illustrations to build storytelling skills.

Group Conference in First Grade

Katie DiCesare meets with first graders Anna and Brendan to help them learn from each other and prepare to share their rereading strategies with the whole class.

Kidwatching and Connections in the Early Days

Cathy Mere finds the early days of school are all about kidwatching and connecting with her first-grade students during reading and writing workshops. She shares some terrific guiding questions that might also help new teachers hone their observation skills.

Conferring in 4th Grade: The Dilemma of Multiple Novels

Melissa Styger confers with a fourth-grade student who is reading two novels simultaneously, and shares her criteria for determining when it’s appropriate for students to read multiple texts.

Building from Strengths: Conferring with Mia

Sean Moore confers with second grader Mia, gently encouraging her to work from her strengths by writing about what she knows well.

Decoding and Meaning: Conferring in 4th Grade

Tony Keefer confers with Amanda, a fourth grader who comprehends texts well, but struggles at times with fluency, decoding, and book selection.

What Can Charlie Do?: The Value of Response Journals in Preschool Classrooms

Kelly Petrin shares the power of response journals with preschoolers.

Rehearsing Informational Writing: Conferring with Jocelyn

Stella Villalba confers with first grader Jocelyn about the information text she is writing about bunnies. Jocelyn is an English language learner, and this conference demonstrates the value of oral rehearsal for young ELL writers.

Exploring Rick Riordan Books in an 8th Grade Conference

In this video from Katie Baydo-Reed’s 8th grade classroom, Katie confers a student about his favorite Rick Riordan books and his plans for future reading.

Three Ways to Build Purpose in a Preschool Reading Workshop

Melissa Kolb finds her three- and four-year-old students are ready for more focus during reading time.

Guidance and Choice in a 5th Grade Conference

Karen Terlecky confers with fifth grader Jillian, the day after she has selected two books Jillian might enjoy reading during workshop.

Transitioning to an E-Book Reader in 8th Grade

Katie Baydo-Reed works with Mike, an eighth grader who is using an ebook reader for the first time.

Highlighting Language in a Writing Conference

Karen Terlecky confers with fifth grader Nora about her evocative language during writing workshop.

Conferring to Build Stamina in First Grade

Katie DiCesare works with first grader JJ to help him meld decoding and comprehension skills.

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