Conferring

Why Confer? : The Importance of Conferring with Writers and Readers

Conferring is not the icing on the cake, it is the cake.” – Carl Anderson I saw this quote at a training I just attended about conferring with writers and it really made me think.  It made me realize that I’ve been viewing conferring very differently. My view was that the mini-lesson is the cake… Continue reading Why Confer? : The Importance of Conferring with Writers and Readers

Conferring

Implementing Individual Reading Conferences

In writing workshop, I utilize conferences to set goals with students, give compliments, and offer feedback about something that the student can immediately act on. I’ve been thinking about how I can implement reading conferences during readers workshop. That task sounds a little daunting because of the time required to meet with each student as… Continue reading Implementing Individual Reading Conferences

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Putting It All Together: Purposeful Planning for the Workshop Model

My learning this summer about readers workshop has taken me to a new place as a teacher. I’ve read about guided reading, conferring, the framework of readers workshop, and creating more effective mini-lessons and share times. My learning can easily be transferred to writers workshop as well. I’m excited to jump in and try new… Continue reading Putting It All Together: Purposeful Planning for the Workshop Model

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Share Time: More Than Just Author’s Chair

Share time is one of the most important parts of the workshop model. It’s our opportunity to close our lesson and build our community of readers and writers. In writer’s workshop, I’ve used it as a time in which writers come together and share their work. I picked a few students each day, usually those… Continue reading Share Time: More Than Just Author’s Chair

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The Mini-Lesson: 10 minutes of Power

10 minutes. 10 minutes to deliver an effective mini-lesson that sets students up with an action step for application to their current and future works. So, we have to make the most of our time. I think Lucy Calkins describes the mini-lesson best: “Mini-Lessons are meant as intervals for explicit, brief instruction in skills and… Continue reading The Mini-Lesson: 10 minutes of Power