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Writing Conference. What is a writing conference?. Place to discuss craft and give suggestions to support student writing Opportunity to find out what your students are working on, provide direct instruction, and offer specific suggestions for improving their writing

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Writing conference

Writing Conference


What is a writing conference

What is a writing conference?

Place to discuss craft and give suggestions to support student writing

Opportunity to find out what your students are working on, provide direct instruction, and offer specific suggestions for improving their writing

Turn and talk with a partner- what are 3 reasons writing conferences are essential?


Think about

Think about…

The goal of a conference is to sit down with a child and

talk about their writing.

Four Parts:

  • Research

  • Decide

  • Teach (give the student 1 craft lesson to work on after the conference is finished)

  • Make a record


Issue to consider

Issue to Consider

Think about…

But…

How can you organize your classroom to support writing conferences?

What will this type of teaching require from you?

How will I know if I asked the right questions?

How can I gain the experience needed to know which questions to ask?


Conferring roles

Conferring Roles

Role of the Teacher

Role of the Student

Student- learning about the writer

Must have teachable moment- give student something to talk away with

Ask questions

Genre (mentor texts; charts)

Sharing notebook

Allow wait time

Fistful of knowledge

Be responsive

Visualizing the next step (put words to their vision of doing the next steps)

Be willing to share writing or ideas

Ask questions


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