In the online resources for A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences, you will find a variety of note-taking forms and other documents that will help you get started implementing—or refining—reading conferences right away in your classroom. Each online resource is selected to specifically support the conferring work you'll be reading about in this book. You'll see references to them across the chapters.
The online resources also include nine video clips showing each conference type in action with students in grades K-8. In the "Watch and Read" section of each chapter, you'll be invited to watch a conference and then consider the important teaching moves captured in the video example. You'll also find a complete annotated transcript online that you can use to study the language of each conference more closely and learn more about the thinking that informed Jen's teaching moves.
Below is an example of the many conferring videos you have access to when you register your book online. Here, Jen confers with three students on strategies to help them recognize the feelings of characters in the books they read. You'll notice Jen taking notes while she confers. The note sheets she uses are included as part of the online resources for you to print and use in your own conferences. If you're looking for guidance, or simply want to follow along closely with the conferring videos, you can view the sheets filled out with Jen's notes like the ones below.
If you'd like extra support remembering the structure of different types of conferences, there are handy table tents you can print out and keep with you to remind you of the steps of each one.
All this and more is available to you when you register your copy of A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences online. Simply enter your email address and password (or click "Create New Account" to set up an account), enter the keycode provided in your book, and you'll be well on your way to engaging, strategy-focused reading conferences!
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Jennifer Serravallo is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book, which have been translated into Spanish, French, and Chinese. These and her other popular books and resources help teachers make goal-directed responsive strategy instruction, conferring, and small group work doable in every classroom. Her newest titles are Teaching Writing in Small Groups, A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences, Understanding Texts and Readers, and the assessment and teaching resource Complete Comprehension for Fiction and Nonfiction.
Jen is a frequently invited speaker at national and regional conferences and travels throughout the US and Canada to provide full-day workshops and to work with teachers and students in classrooms. She is also an experienced online educator who regularly offers live webinar series and full-day online workshops, and is the creator of two self-paced asynchronous online courses, most recently Strategies in Action: Reading and Writing Methods and Content.
Jen began her career in education as an NYC public school teacher. Now as a consultant, she has spent the last fifteen+ years helping teachers across the country create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged, and the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals. Jen is also a member of Parents Magazine Board of Advisors for education and literacy.
Jen holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Teachers College, where she has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes.
Learn more about Jen and her work at Hein.pub/serravallo, on Twitter @jserravallo, on Instagram @jenniferserravallo, or by joining The Reading and Writing Strategies Facebook Community.