A teacher’s guide to reading conferences jennifer serravallo

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Do you need a teacher’s Guide to reading conferences?

“If you are a reading teacher, a curriculum coach, or a school leader, order a copy of A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences right now. It is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to up their teaching and learning game during independent reading time. The entire book is dedicated to helping teachers have quality conferences with readers.”

How do you conduct a successful teacher-student conference?

It also makes the conference feel less like a conversation, and more like you’re grilling the student. Instead, begin the conference with the student’s goal in mind. Research only connected to that goal. For example, if the student is working on improving fluency, then just have them read aloud.

How do I conduct a small group conference?

In a small group conference (AKA “strategy lesson”) you can start by telling the children why you’ve pulled them together, offer a strategy that everyone will practice on their own, and move around the group coaching and giving feedback one-on-one.

How can I Make my conferences more focused and short?

Just as your students need to practice strategies to work toward their goals, you’ll likely find that getting your conferences focused and short will take time, too. Be as patient with yourself as you are with your students. Work on one of these tips one at a time, reflect, improve!

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Why don’t teachers confer during reading workshops?

“I believe that the reason why teachers don’t confer during reading workshop is because they don’t know how to manage all the pieces.


Who wrote the classroom essentials series?

The Classroom Essentials Series. By Jennifer Serravallo, Edited by Katie Wood Ray. “If you are a reading teacher, a curriculum coach, or a school leader, order a copy of A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences right now. It is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to up their teaching and learning game during independent reading time.


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Who is Jennifer Serravallo?

Work on one of these tips one at a time, reflect, improve! Jennifer Serravallo is a literacy consultant, author, and speaker and the author of several popular titles including the NY Times Bestselling The Reading Strategies Book and The Writing Strategies Book.


How to get your conferences focused and short?

Just as your students need to practice strategies to work toward their goals, you’ll likely find that getting your conferences focused and short will take time, too. Be as patient with yourself as you are with your students. Work on one of these tips one at a time, reflect, improve!


How are conferences impactful?

Though the goal is something the student cannot yet do, there is a progression of skills within the goal. The best targeted teaching leans on what a student can already do (where they are on the progression of skills) and nudges them toward deeper work. For example, if a student is working on a goal of understanding text features, the progression might look something like this:


What is conference time?

Teachable moments abound in every moment of the teaching day, and conference time is no exception. It’s inevitable that you’ll be in the midst of teaching a student about improving fluency by noticing mid-sentence punctuation when they get stuck on a word. You might be tempted to switch gears and teach a decoding strategy. In most cases, my advice is to stay focused on the one thing you taught, make note of what else you noticed, and plan to support what else the student needs in a subsequent conference.


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