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Conferring to Receive and Give Feedback

Feedback is key to student learning. Since writing conferences are conversations between students and teachers, they provide opportunities for two types of feedback: student to teacher, and teacher to student.  (continue reading)
Steph George Dec 3, 2018 6:40:00 AM

PLC Series: Listening to Students as a Priority

Welcome back to the PLC Series for the 2018-19 school year! Each month, we'll share a post designed to provoke thinking and discussion through a simple framework, incorporating mini-collections of linked content. Use these as learning modules during your professional development time, whether in a team, a professional learning community (PLC), or on your own!  (continue reading)
Jaclyn Karabinas Oct 22, 2018 8:54:37 PM

Inviting Students to Talk About Their Writing

Begin conferences by asking students an open-minded question that invites them to talk about what they're doing as writers.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 17, 2018 7:24:00 AM

What Is a Writing Conference?

When you ask the question, 'How’s it going?' at the beginning of writing conferences, you’re doing much more than inviting students to talk about what they’re doing as writers. The question initiates your relationship with each student and deepens each of these relationships.  (continue reading)
Steph George Oct 3, 2018 1:17:43 PM

A Peek at A Novel Approach Videos: Mini Lesson, Conferring, and Read Aloud with Kate Roberts

Here, Kate Roberts shares just a few extended classroom clips from her book, A Novel Approach. In this blog, you'll get a chance to watch Kate confer with two different students, and see how Kate structures a mini-less and read aloud.  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Aug 3, 2018 10:26:17 AM

Back and Forth: Using an Editor’s Mindset to Improve Student Writing

Back and Forth: Using an Editor’s Mindset to Improve Student Writing  (continue reading)
Brett Whitmarsh Sep 15, 2017 4:05:53 PM

How to Set Up Reading Partnerships to Maximize Literacy Learning in Your Classroom

How to Set Up Reading Partnerships to Maximize Literacy Learning in Your Classroom  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Sep 6, 2017 4:25:34 PM

9 Types of Reading Conferences: A Jumping Off Point

9 Types of Reading Conferences: A Jumping Off Point  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Aug 30, 2017 3:33:31 PM

Using Pre-Assessment to Ease into Reading Differentiation

Using Pre-Assessment to Ease into Reading Differentiation  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Aug 4, 2017 11:48:36 AM

Heinemann Fellow Tiana Silvas on Fostering Empathy and Understanding Among Students

Heinemann Fellow Tiana Silvas on Fostering Empathy and Understanding Among Students  (continue reading)
Lauren Audet Aug 2, 2017 6:44:34 AM

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