Choice Lit Topic: Conferring
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.
Katherine Sokolowski helps fifth grader Jack build a next-read stack of nonfiction, highlighting a variety of text features and historical references.
Christy Rush-Levine meets with eighth grader Jaden, who talks through his struggles in writing a conclusion to his literary analysis, and how his peers helped him improve the writing.
Christy confers with eighth grader Tori about her reading response to Why We Broke Up. She encourages Tori to make connections between the characters in her current book and her...
Katrina Edwards helps first grader Dylan stretch out his writing with details by having him talk through playing with friends near his home.
Katherine Sokolowski scaffolds Liam and Caden through the process of learning to recommend books to each other.
Katherine Sokolowski confers with fifth grader Taryn, connecting her love of Rick Riordan books with other reading possibilities.
Christy Rush-Levine helps eighth grader Katherine sort through tools and strategies for writing a strong conclusion to her literary analysis essay.
Christy Rush-Levine confers with eighth grader Julian about his strengths as an empathetic reader.
In a recent article, Brenda Power encouraged teachers to reconsider workshop routines, to “knock down” what seems to be a “load-bearing wall” of the workshop and then duck. She warned...
Katrina Edwards helps a first grader use pictures to help her make sense of confusing text.
Katherine Sokolowski helps fifth grader Spencer brainstorm topics for his writing notebook.
Bitsy Parks takes time to celebrate first grader Colson's finished writing, even as she nudges him to try a technique shared in the day's minilesson.
Katherine Sokolowski helps fifth grader Abby build her next-read stack of books.
Gigi McAllister helps fourth grader Aidan revise his writing on the computer to flesh out character development.
Katherine Sokolowski confers with Drew about writing at home, brainstorming possible topics. In the process she shows how much she knows about Drew's life outside of school.
Bitsy Parks confers with a first-grade English language learner over a very simple picture book.
When it comes to conferring, the million-dollar question is “Do I really need to keep conference notes?” This is a fair question, and one that is best answered by looking...
When I first jumped into writing workshop, I was nervous about what to say in a conference. I wanted to get it right, and I didn’t want to look ridiculous....
Ruth Ayres confers with fourth grader Nicole and reinforces advice from her mom about striving for accurate conventions in first drafts.
Katrina Edwards confers with first grader Dylan, teaching this young English language learner the value of picture walks for comprehension.
A few years ago I read Donalyn Miller’s Reading in the Wild and was struck by two of her “traits” of wild readers: readers have plans, and readers talk to...