By Suzanne Klein on
12/12/2013 3:35 PM
Conferencing lies at the heart of effective writing instruction. Why?
Because, unlike math or even spelling, writing offers no single correct answer. In some ways, it is like playing a sport. You have to put a variety of skills together to hit the target. As teachers, we demonstrate the “rules of the game” and then guide our students in strengthening their “performance.” It’s a step-by-step process. Like the coach who offers personalized advice to help each athlete improve, we give individualized feedback that helps students discover their power as writers.
In this three-part blog series, I discuss the most common conferencing challenges we hear about when coaching grade-level teachers on professional development days:
- The Old-Fashioned “English Teacher Mindset”
- I’m Not Sure What to Conference About
- My Class Gets Too Loud on Conference Days!
Continue reading to look at solutions for the first bullet point.