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A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences (eBook)

The Classroom Essentials Series

Teaching writing is tough. Responding to students’ writing can be even tougher.  Writing conferences are a way to help both you and your students find joy in the writing process. And too, conferences can help you provide one-on-one instruction that covers a wide range of writing skills and strategies. Helping students become better writers is what writing conferences are all about.


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This product is part of the series:  The Classroom Essentials Series

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In A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, Carl Anderson explains the underlying principles and reasons for conferring with students, and how to make writing conferences a part of your daily routine. With clear and accessible language, Carl guides you through the three main parts of a writing conference, and shows you the teaching moves and intentional language that can be used in each one.  He helps you understand:
• how to get started with conferring, or improve your existing conferences
• how to use conferences to meet the diverse needs of your student writers
• how to fit conferences into your busy writing workshop schedule.
More than 25 videos bring the content to life, while Teacher Tips, Q&A’s, and Recommended Reading lists provide everything you need to help you become a better writing teacher.

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Watch Carl confer with Matthew
Watch Carl’s follow-up conference with Matthew
Watch Carl’s annotations on his conferences with Matthew


Part One: What Is a Writing Conference?
My First Writing Conference Was a Disaster
Writing Conferences Happen in Writing Workshop
What Is a Writing Conference?
Why Confer?
Part Two: Start by Discovering What the Student is Doing as a Writer
Invite Students to Talk About Their Writing
What Will Students Talk About?
Five Scenarios That Happen After You Ask, “How’s It Going?”
Try It Yourself: Studying Your Conferring
Part Three: Assess and Decide What to Teach
Recognizing Patterns Is the Key to Good Decision-Making
Writing Patterns and Teaching Points
Try It Yourself: Building Your Knowledge of Writing Patterns and Teaching Points
Part Four: Then Teach Powerfully
Move One: Give Feedback
Move Two: Deliver a Teaching Point
Move Three: Coach
Move Four: Link to Independent Work
Studying the Four Teaching Moves in a Transcript of a Conference
Try It Yourself: Improving Your Conference Teaching


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