Presentation on theme: "Conferences: Helping Students Advance Their Understandings Amanda Branscombe Taylor, J.A., Branscombe, N.A., Burcham J., & Land, L. (2011). Beyond Early."— Presentation transcript:
Conferences: Helping Students Advance Their Understandings Amanda Branscombe Taylor, J.A., Branscombe, N.A., Burcham J., & Land, L. (2011). Beyond Early Literacy: A Balanced Approach to Developing the Whole Child. Routledge.
Conferencing in Shared Journal Types of conferences – Various types of conferences that can be used with Shared Journal Tips for conferences – How to make the conferences as successful as possible
Types of Conferences On-the-Spot Conferences –Visit briefly with students at their desks (one minute) –Monitor students work or check progress Prereading or Prewriting Conference –Teacher and student plan for the reading/writing DRTA/SQR Strategies Revising Conference –Individual student or small group of students and teacher –Offer students an audience for their writing/reading
Discussion Conference –Teacher and students meet to share and discuss what they have read/revised Mini-lesson Conferences –Individual or small group –Teacher teaches a procedure, strategy, or skill Editing Conference –Teacher and/or students meet to proof read a writing –Focus on spelling, punctuation, grammar, mechanics Assessment Conference –Teacher meets with student to talk about growth, set goals, and reflect
Tips for Conferences When you begin to use conferences, explain their purpose and procedures Keep conferences short and focused (5 to 10 minutes) Maintain a positive, interactive environment From time to time, have group conferences Keep a simple record sheet for each student documenting the conferences Schedule conferences so all know the schedule
Preparing for a Conference Role play and model conferences before beginning to hold them Have options for other students while you conference Make sure students prepare for the conference Prepare yourself for the conference
Record Sheet for Keeping Track of Students Work DateWritingSuggestionsMinilesson Needs Goals/ Comments
Things for students to do during conferences Read their stories Write in their journals Work on handwriting Meet with a group Other – You decide something worthwhile to do Prepare for their conference Think of their questions Gather materials for conference
Conference Page from Notebook DateCommentsGoals for next conference
Peer Conference Guidelines Dont try to rewrite Let the writer read the piece aloud Talk about the things you liked Ask questions about the things you didnt understand Give three comments about what you liked Make one or two suggestions for improving If you are proofreading, read it silently
Actual Teacher/Student Conference Opening – Bond with the student Discussion – Listen as well as talk Ask how the conference is working Closing – Focus on one thing! End with a positive statement
Conducting the conference What would you like to talk about today? Tell me about your writing. What would you like to share? Read aloud. Lets talk about your goals/questions for this piece.
Areas of Personal Involvement Why did you choose this story? Do you know anyone else in this class who might like it? Why do you think you are interested in this kind of story? Others
Questions for critical reading or general comprehension What kind of story/writing is this? Did it really happen? Tell the story with expression. At the time of this writing/reading what was going on that was really important?
Questions about the language of passage Which part is most important? Where could this idea go? Which parts talk about the same thing? How might you put the parts together? Which of the three or four titles did the group like best? Why? Can you turn this sentence into a more interesting one?
More questions Do you end with the most important point? How many of your sentences begin the same way? Could you break this into a shorter sentence? Make into a longer one? Which sentences do the best job of showing not telling?
Questions for mechanical skills Let me point to several words in your story/writing. Tell me what you know about them. Let me read this aloud. See if you would like to change something as I read.