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Rehearsing Informational Writing

Stella Villalba confers with first grader Jocelyn about the informational 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.

Read Aloud: Vocabulary and Retelling Strategies

Stella Villalba scaffolds the language development of her first- and second-grade English language learners during read-aloud by highlighting vocabulary and providing a tool to assist with a partner retelling activity.

Conferring to Build Stamina in First Grade

Katie DiCesare works with first grader JJ to help him meld decoding and comprehension skills. She’s chosen a longer book titled Lost Socks to challenge him. This video includes her post-conference reflection.

5th Grade Writing Revision Conference

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

Addressing Conventions: Conferring with Jack

Katie DiCesare works with a first grader on the strategy of rereading one’s writing to address conventions and revise the title and ending.

Girls Book Share Group

Franki Sibberson shares a range of books that include compelling female characters with a group of fourth-grade girls.

Conferring About Independent Reading

Karen Terlecky confers with fifth grader Alex about making wise choices during independent reading time.

First Grade Conference: Beginnings and Endings in Nonfiction

Katie DiCesare confers with first grader Ava about crafting beginnings and endings in nonfiction writing.

A Picture Walk in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek takes her kindergartners through a picture walk using Mrs. Wishy Washy as the text.

Shared Reading and Annotation in Sixth Grade

Gretchen Taylor meets with three sixth graders for a small-group conference. She begins with information that she gathered from a Google Doc about their annotation process and supports their development of strategies to better understand the book, The Outsiders.

Adding to a Word Wall in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek prepares students for adding to the word wall in kindergarten.

Poetry and Fluency Minilesson in Second Grade

Sean Moore uses poetry for a short minilesson on fluency, and then follows with a partner share and vocabulary discussion. The poem Sean reads with the children is "The Busy Ant" by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Stuck on a Thesis

In this conference with a 4th grader, Beth Lawson works with a student who has chosen a challenging essay topic and is struggling to develop his thesis.

Book Talks in 4th Grade

Tony Keefer previews Infinity Ring with his fourth graders, and talks about the value of book talks for building a reading community.

Shared Writing in Kindergarten

Mandy Robek guides her kindergartners through a shared writing activity to note super readers’ tools. Several students contribute to a discussion about sounds, known words and letter formation.

Science Challenge

Franki Sibberson’s students share results from the science challenge homework. The class discussion is a collaborative reflective process.

Using Wonderopolis in Classrooms

Franki Sibberson uses the website Wonderopolis with her fourth-grade students. By modeling how to navigate the site, she encourages her students to use the web in more thoughtful ways.

Literacy Through Illustration in Kindergarten

Max Brand describes how he uses images to build reading and writing skills among his kindergartners.

Teaching Rereading Strategies: 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.

The Lunch Lady and Gender in Reading

Franki Sibberson’s students discuss an opinion/argumentative article that suggests boy readers should also read books with female protagonists.

Nonfiction Reading Group in First Grade

Katie DiCesare brings together a group of her first-grade students who are reading nonfiction, helping them to expand the ways they share what they are learning with classmates.

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