Deb Renner Smith, c0-author of, and and contributing author of
presented ideas for Shared Reading (Guided Reading the Four Blocks Way). Deb shared movie clips, and lessons that could be immediately implemented into the classroom.
Matt Glover presented on writing. He reassured the audience that after reading a writing piece, that one really cannot go wrong with whatever teaching point the teacher decides to pick. His advice was to pick a teaching point, and teach to it. It makes sense.
This is definitely how I approach a conference. I praise the student by giving concrete examples of what is working in the piece of writing. Here is a ‘star’ for you. I notice you did… Another star is… I notice you did… . I equate the ‘stars’ to the stars that you draw on the little ones papers. These are the strengths that work in the writing. Then I think of a teaching point. I frame it as a wish. My wish for you is… it is a gentle way of teaching. Carl Anderson reminds us in his materials, “Strategic Writing Conferences Carl on Camera” and “How’s It Going?” that the teacher should TEACH during a conference. I aim to conduct 3 teaching writing conferences per day.
Debbie Miller presented on Independent Reading. She shared one of her conferences from her DVD The Joy of Conferring. She also reaffirmed that conducting 3 conferences per day works.
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