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The Classroom Essentials: A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences

Jennifer Serravallo

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The Classroom Essentials: A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences

By Jennifer Serravallo
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Overview
Author
Jennifer Serravallo
Edition
1st
ISBN
9780325099156
Published Date
31/01/2019
Pages
128
Why are reading conferences so important?

What do effective reading conferences look and sound like?

How do I fit reading conferences into my literacy block?


“Conferring,” writes Jennifer Serravallo, “is where the magic happens.” In this primer, she reveals that this seeming magic is actually purposeful, responsive instruction.


Jen presents conferences for six specific instructional situations: assessing, goal-setting, strategy lessons, and more. A rich design, replete with infographics and special features, guides you quickly from learning to teaching with:

  • Jen’s moves and language
  • 9 videos of her teaching in K–8 classrooms
  • 13 conference note-taking forms—one for each reading goal from the hierarchy in her Reading Strategies Book
  • Suggestions for connecting emergent bilingual learners’ language goals and reading goals.
Table of contents
  • 1. Getting Your Classroom Conferring-Ready
  • What Is Conferring? Why Confer?
  • But . . . What Is the Rest of the Class Doing?
  • Spotlight on Emergent Bilinguals: Tips for Book Selections
  • Preparing an Environment for Conferring
  • What Are the Types of Conferences I'll Read About in This Book?
  • Mentor Spotlight: Richard Allington
  • 2. Understanding What Readers Know and Need
  • Aligning Goals, Skills, Assessments, and Questions
  • Spotlight on Emergent Bilinguals: Assessment
  • How Do I Confer with a Reader When I Don’t Know the Book?
  • Assessment Conferences: Structure and Timing
  • Watch and Read: An Assessment Conference Example
  • Finding a Goal
  • Take It to Your Classroom
  • Mentor Spotlight: Marie Clay
  • 3. Setting Goals
  • Deciding on a Goal Together
  • Spotlight on Emergent Bilinguals: Goal Setting
  • Preparing for a Goal-Setting Conference
  • Goal-Setting Conferences: Structure and Timing
  • Watch and Read: A Goal-Setting Conference Example
  • Making Goals Visible
  • A Close-Up Look at Guided Inquiry
  • Take It to Your Classroom
  • Mentor Spotlight: John Hattie
  • 4. Noticing and Naming Strengths
  • The Anatomy of an Effective Compliment
  • Spotlight on Emergent Bilinguals: Supporting Growing Language Skills
  • Compliment Conferences: Structure and Timing
  • Watch and Read: A Compliment Conference Example
  • Take It to Your Classroom
  • Mentor Spotlight: Peter Johnston
  • 5. Teaching Strategies to Individuals and Groups
  • Building on Strengths
  • Spotlight on Emergent Bilinguals: Building on Strengths
  • Providing Feedback and Coaching Readers
  • Research-Compliment-Teach Conferences: Structure and Timing
  • Watch and Read: A Research-Compliment-Teach Conference Example
  • Coaching Conferences: Structure and Timing
  • Watch and Read: A Coaching Conference Example
  • Strategy Lessons: Structure and Timing
  • Watch and Read: Strategy Lesson Examples
  • Take It to Your Classroom
  • Mentor Spotlight: Lucy Calkins
  • 6. Supporting Conversation and Collaboration
  • Partnerships and Clubs in the Classroom
  • Spotlight on Emergent Bilinguals: Leveraging Talk Time
  • Partnership Conferences with Young Readers: Structure and Timing
  • Watch and Read: A Partnership Conference Example
  • Teaching Talk (Speaking and Listening)
  • Partnerships and Book Club Conferences for Conversation: Structure and Timing
  • Watch and Read: A Book Club Conference Example
  • Take It to Your Classroom
  • Mentor Spotlight: Ellin Keene
  • 7. Planning and Managing Conferring Time
  • Planning Your Conferring Time
  • Which Conference Type Do I Choose?
  • Balancing Individual Goals and Class Goals
  • Note-Taking
  • Take It to Your Classroom

Jennifer Serravallo’s resources are built to help identify and address reading and writing needs using strategies suited to individual students.

All the resources can work together or separately, to help teachers create classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the instruction is meaningfully individualised to students' goals.

 

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