Reading Conference: Sports Connections

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Carson about his connections to sports in his reading of the book Swagger.    

First-Grade Conference: Information Writing

Stella Villalba confers with Esmeralda about her information writing on blue jays.  

Conferring over Motivation and Genre

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Griffin over his reading responses. They consider the differences between dystopian literature and realistic fiction, as well as what motivates characters.  

Balancing Conferences and Small Groups

Read any professional book on the workshop model, or listen to any literacy consultant, and they will tell you: Students should have 30 minutes to read independently while the teacher...

Writing Partner Feedback in Fifth Grade

In this video, partner teams in Franki Sibberson’s fifth-grade class share their drafts and ask for specific feedback on their opinion-writing pieces.  

Big Table Writing

Max Brand uses the “big table” in his kindergarten classroom as a communal spot for writing. You can see how he interrupts students naturally to make quick suggestions, and allows...

Young Learners and Self-Talk

“She does a lot of self-talk while she is reading. We don’t want her to do that,” the teacher says. “Why?” I ask. I wonder why the teacher is seeing...

Digital and Disney: Conferring with Ben

It would be easy to zip quickly through a writing conference about a vacation story, especially one about a trip to Disney. Franki Sibberson doesn’t do that. She slows down...

Student-Led Minilesson: Annotating Reading with Sticky Notes

Reagan from Franki Sibberson’s fifth-grade classroom presents a minilesson on annotating reading with sticky notes.

Crafting the Basics: First-Grade Writing Conference

Bitsy Parks confers with Aubrey early in the year, connecting key text elements such as title, author, and the links between images and text to mentor texts used in whole-class...

First-Grade Writing Conference: Celebrations to Suggestions

Katrina Edwards begins her conference with first grader Allen by celebrating all he is doing well in his writing. She highlights his language and details in writing before moving on...

Linking Pictures and Text: Conferring with Ava

Katrina Edwards begins her conference with first grader Ava by having her share what she learned from a picture walk through a simple text, and then she helps her use...

Cause and Effect: Conferring with Olivia

Christy Rush-Levine helps eighth grader Olivia deepen her understanding of cause and effect in this reading conference.    

History Through a Child’s Eyes: Conferring with Omar

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Omar, who is reading The Rock and the River. The book is a fictional account of a tumultuous time in civil rights history, considering protests through...

A Poem About Lost Friendship: Conferring with Estelle

Estelle shares a poem she has written about lost friendship with her teacher, Katherine Sokolowski. She captures the fickle nature of fifth-grade relationships among girls. Katherine connects the cadence of...

Reading Conference: Keeping Track of Characters

Christy Rush-Levine refers back to a previous reading response to help eighth grader Edith track changes in characters’ relationships in Room, the novel she is reading.  

From Title to Theme: Conferring with Jadev

Christy Rush-Levine confers with eighth grader Jadev about how the title of a book often gives clues to its theme.

Writing Routines: Drafting Autonomy

This past year, I’ve taken time to evaluate my role in the writing workshop. One question I’ve asked myself is Am I interrupting students writing by continually conferring with them?...

Understanding War: Conferring with Cam

Christy Rush-Levine confers with Cam, an eighth grader who seeks to understand the complexity of war through the experiences of main characters in novels.

Conference Records That Stay with Kids

As I waited for the transition to writing workshop, I looked around the kindergarten classroom. It was packed! Not only were class sizes large—34 five-year-olds had prepared their desks for...

Conferring Notes

I have a crazy, multifaceted system for keeping track of our grocery list at our house. My system is part digital, using the Google Keep app on my iPhone. I...