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1 Encouraging Effective Peer Conferencing Things to Think About Aija Simmons

2 Time Initially conferences go quickly however as students get used to talking and have longer drafts time will need to be adjusted Block out a long enough time from the beginning to accommodate longer conferences Mini lesson or model/ conferencing/ debrief Shorten the mini lesson and debrief as students get better

3 Time Keeping Train students to use a self monitoring system for conferences Allow students to decide when to change partners Provide training for what partners should do when they finish conferencing before the other students Immediate revision is encouraged

4 Practice It takes time (lots of it) Students will need encouragement not to give up It is helpful to join conferences with a short piece of your own writing Training on interviewing or talk show hosting during occasional community building activities are helpful Playing talk show and hosting an author who just published a book is a fun way to get students to practice engaging in conversation about another classmates writing

5 Community Think early about the kind of writing community you desire Build in opportunities across the curriculum that will support the kind of discourse you would like to see during conferencing Initially it may be helpful for students to choose their own conferencing partner it eases tension around sharing and critique Encourage sharing and talking throughout every stage of the writing

6 Posture Set up very clear procedures for what materials students should have and how you expect their bodies to look during conferencing Knee to knee/ face to face/ elbow to elbow etc Procedure for determining who goes first


8 Modeling Teacher led one on one Teacher led whole class w debrief Teacher as student Students fish bowl

9 Mini lesson Ideas How to get my partner to elaborate The information of a question What do I do with the positive comment How do I ask a question about my own writing…what do I want to know Add more detail….Is that helpful What if I dont get the point If were just talking about the event and not the writing are we on task Do we have to use these words A readers eye ……..

10 Accountability Students need some form of accountability Students turn in conference sheets along with drafts and pre-writes A simple conferencing rubric for self monitoring may also be helpful

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