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Backing Up and the Bossy E

In this conference with second grader TJ from Sean Moore’s classroom, the strategies of backing up and rereading as well as attending to the “bossy e” are discussed.

Peer Conferring: The Release Phase

Amanda Adrian concludes her series on peer conferring, analyzing the value of students working on their own after instruction and practice.

Looking for the Open Door

Midyear is a wonderful time for taking conferences to the next level, now that you know your students well and they trust you.  Beth Lawson gently challenges a young writer in her fourth-grade classroom to reach his full potential.

Fantasy Reading in Eighth Grade

Katie Baydo-Reed confers with an eighth-grade student who is reading The Hobbit.

Helping Richard Revise

Karen Terlecky coaxes Richard to cut extraneous material from his writing by highlighting the strengths of his writing first in this video from her fifth grade classroom.

Catching Up with Tommy

Karen Terlecky meets with Tommy, a boy who has flown under the radar for a few weeks in her fifth-grade reading workshop.

Second Grade Whole-Class Share: Adding Details and Descriptive Language Part 4

In this final video from a four-part series, Sean Moore asks students to share their writing with peers and the whole class.

Second Grader Student Mentor Text: Adding Details and Descriptive Language Part 3

In this third video from a four-part series, Sean Moore has a student share his writing as a mentor text for the class.

Second Grader Conferring: Adding Details and Descriptive Language Part 2

In this second video from a four-part series, Sean Moore confers with a student about adding details to his writing.

Value-Added: Moving Assessments from “Inflicted” to “Student-Owned”

Gretchen Taylor looks closely at the superficial reading responses of one student, and then uses a mid-year assessment to challenge all of her middle school readers to think, talk, and write more deeply about their reading.

Tracking Thinking While Reading

Melissa Styger confers with a fourth-grade student using a template to help students track thinking and comprehension.

Mixing Information and Narratives

In this conference from a second-grade classroom, Sean Moore helps Mia flesh out her writing on friendship with examples.

Peer Conferring: The Modeling Phase

Amanda Adrian provides a framework, sample model lesson, and peer conferring guide for students to use as they learn how to respond to their classmates.

Conferring, Rereading, and Comprehension

Aimee Buckner confers with Brendan, who is rereading Hoot and needs some strategies for holding his thinking.

From Reading to Writing Informational Texts

Aimee Buckner makes some surprising discoveries about what types of texts support writers working in nonfiction genres.

Enlisting a Student as Coteacher

In this second video in a two-part series, Sean Moore invites second grader Isaiah to present his learning to the class.

The Blank Page and Better Teaching

Aimee Buckner learns some important lessons about how images and words work together for student writers when she moves between second- and fifth-grade classrooms.

Conferring to Coteaching

In this first video in a two-part series, Sean Moore confers with second grader Isaiah. Sean prepares Isaiah to share what he is learning later in the writing workshop.

Revising My Recording Form for Writing Conferences

Mandy Robek shares how she has revised the records she keeps during writing conferences.

More Conferring and Fewer Groups in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek finds she needs fewer reading groups and more conferring with the emergent readers in her kindergarten class. She shares how she structures her brief time with students and a conferring form.

From Playing to Drawing to Writing in Preschool

Kelly Petrin guides Drew from playing to drawing and finally writing during this conference in her preschool classroom.

Never Say Never: Motivation to Read from an Unlikely Source

Knock knock. Who’s there? A boy who loves sports and has no motivation for reading. Barclay Marcell discovers an unlikely source of engaging text for a child who just doesn’t enjoy books.

Conferring for Engagement: First Steps

Aimee Buckner confers with a fourth grader who is learning how to choose books for independent reading. In this video, she gives advice in the first conference and then returns 10 minutes later for a follow-up meeting.

Conferring About Tracking Characters

In this video from a 4th grade classroom, Aimee Buckner confers with a student who is reading The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson.

From Rages to Rags: Conferring with Conner

When to let a child guess, and when to give the correct answer in a reading conference? That's the struggle for 2nd grade teacher Sean Moore as he confers with Conner.

Rereading Strategy: Conferring with Emily

Sean Moore confers with 2nd grader Emily about the strategy of rereading for comprehending reading and writing.

Middle School Conferring About a Series

In this video from Katie Doherty’s sixth-grade classroom, Katie confers with a student who has returned to a series book she had previously rejected. Katie weaves in talk about strategies, particularly inferring (a focus of whole-class minilessons).

Accuracy and Comprehension: Conferring in Second Grade

In this video from Sean Moore’s second-grade classroom, Sean confers with a student who comprehends text well but has some issues with accuracy.

Conferring with Vita: Working Through Silence

Andie Cunningham confers with Vita, an English language learner whose first language is Russian. Vita is in the silent period. Notice how Andie coaxes communication from Vita, and manages to convey a sense of delight at her work, an acknowledgment of Vita’s importance in the classroom community, and some guidance for future writing.

Listen In: Writing Reviews

Heather Rader uses Kincaid’s intricate system for analyzing books to build a writing agenda in this writing conference.

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