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.
Aimee Buckner helps a fourth-grade boy tease out emerging themes in the first pages of the novel Morning Girl.
Karen Terlecky confers with Connor in her fifth-grade classroom. She demonstrates how to begin with strengths, and build to revision suggestions.
Beth Lawson confers with Michael, who needs to restart his writing draft.
Ruth Ayres helps a fourth grader reflect on whether she is finished with her personal narrative, and how Ruth might assist her.
Katie Doherty confers with boys in her sixth-grade reading workshop. This is the second installment in a two-part video series.
Katie Doherty circulates for quick conferences with boys about their independent reading in her sixth-grade classroom.
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.
Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Sebastian. Sebastian is an early reader who loves characters and adventure. Katie helps Sebastian prepare to talk with his peers about a new series he is enjoying.
In these brief writing conferences with second graders, Sean Moore reinforces an earlier minilesson on using descriptive language.
Deb Gaby confers with Kendall early in the school year, artfully mixing conversation with assessment of reading skills and preferences.
Reading conferences are an important part of the teacher’s work during independent reading. The conversations we have with students during this time are meant to provide us with valuable information...
Because reading workshop and book clubs are such a big part of my reading curriculum, it is crucial that kids keep up with the work. To do that, they need...
Aimee Buckner confers with Sarah about sketching in her notebook.
I called Courtney over for a reading conference in early November. I had called her over to check in about a few things, but before she had even sat down,...
Memory tasks challenge some children. Teachers might assume that demonstration, copying, reciting, and repeating tasks are sufficient. Yet for some children our instruction does not stick. We try alternatives such...
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.
As I confer with students in writing workshop, I have a few guiding beliefs that govern how I approach students, what I say, and what I teach. These six tenets...
Katie DiCesare confers with Vidhi about the main character in her independent reading book.
Beth Lawson confers with Donovan, a fourth grader who needs help getting his ideas on the page.
Beth Lawson helps a fourth grader visualize the plot of the mystery he is writing by using the visual of a roller coaster.