Conferences and Conversations by Doug Kaufman. Listening to the Literate Classroom - Heinemann Publishing
Conferences and Conversations

Conferences and Conversations

Listening to the Literate Classroom

    Kaufman has produced a remarkable and refreshing narrative for teachers who wish to become and remain reflective practitioners and who wish to increase the quality and effectiveness of their classrooms’ student-student and teacher-student communication.
    —Education Review
    Doug's observations, meticulous recordings and transcripts, and questions . . . pushed my thinking so hard that I could finally see and hear myself as I interacted with students. It is a privilege we are often denied when we are alone in our classrooms
    —Linda Rief
It takes courage to open up your professional life to
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    Kaufman has produced a remarkable and refreshing narrative for teachers who wish to become and remain reflective practitioners and who wish to increase the quality and effectiveness of their classrooms’ student-student and teacher-student communication.
    —Education Review
    Doug's observations, meticulous recordings and transcripts, and questions . . . pushed my thinking so hard that I could finally see and hear myself as I interacted with students. It is a privilege we are often denied when we are alone in our classrooms
    —Linda Rief
It takes courage to open up your professional life to scrutiny, but that's exactly what Linda Rief did when she allowed Doug Kaufman to observe her classroom over the course of a school year. His goal was to discover what exactly Linda does that makes her such an extraordinary teacher—specifically, how she converses with students and promotes their conversations among one another. Conferences & Conversations is a record of what Kaufman learned, presenting insights into Linda's teaching that even she hadn't seen.

Conferences & Conversations provides an inside look at Linda in action as she establishes goals, teaches, learns, triumphs, and occasionally stumbles in her efforts to extend her students' literacy. Through Linda's actions, you will discover how a teacher can:

  • offer students more freedom to think, talk, and create and at the same time create a classroom that is organized, efficient, and in control
  • set up your classroom and procedures in ways that promote better, more effective conversations among students
  • move beyond formulaic practices and routines that inhibit individualized and productive conferences
  • become a better listener and encourage more student talk in conferences
  • encourage students to work productively on their own, while you confer with other students.
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Contents

Contents:
I. Values
1. Why Listen?
2. Value Student Voices
3. A Teacher's Values

II. Conversations and Time to Listen
4. A Classroom That Invites Conversation
5. Classroom Expectations
6. Organization
7. Read, Write, and Share
8. Social Talk at Work

III. Conferences: Talking Relationships
9. Conference Procedures
10. Conference Relationships
11. Relationship Building
12. Successful Conferences
13. A Poem Is Born
14. Relationships and Emotions

IV. Relationships with Very Different Students
15. Meg Confers with a Trusted Friend
16. Jason Confers with Someone He Doesn't Trust
17. Ted Confers with a Writing Expert
18. Elena Confers with Someone Who Loves and Cares

V. Reflections
19. How Will You Value Students' Voices?

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This product is part of the series:  The Cross Current Series