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

Carl Anderson

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

By Carl Anderson
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How can I get started with conferring or improve my conferences?
How can I fit conferences into my busy writing workshop schedule?
How can conferences help me meet the diverse needs of student writers?

Helping students become better writers is what writing conferences are all about. 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.
Table of contents
  • 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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