A teacher’s guide to reading conferences study guide


Why a teacher’s Guide to reading conferences?

I have already recommended A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences to every reading teacher in my school and district. I am confident that it will move our already strong independent reading program to a more effective place. I sincerely hope that this book finds its way into the hands of reading teachers of kids of all ages.

What is conferring in the classroom?

Chapter 1 – Getting Your Classroom Conferring Ready: “Conferring is where the magic happens. It is the heartbeat of the literacy block” (p. 1.) In this chapter, Serravallo sets the foundation for the book, offering the why’s, what’s, and how’s of conferring as a part of reading instruction.

Who are the greats in literacy instruction?

Many of the greats in literacy instruction are honored, including Richard Allington, Lucy Calkins, Mari Clay, Peter Johnston, John Hattie, and Ellin Keene. Truly, I found the short summaries and interviews inspirational — they pumped me up for the next chapter to come.


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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What is a teacher’s guide to reading conferences?

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.

What is chapter 2 of the book?

Chapter two helps teachers use “assessment conferences” to determine what goals and accompanying skills and strategies a student needs to move forward. She also offers tips for when the teacher hasn’t read the book a given student is reading. This is important, as it is another frequent concern that teachers share.

How to move students closer to their goals?

The way to move students closer to their goals, says Serravallo, is to teach students skills and strategies during coaching conferences, research-compliment-teach conferences, or small or whole group strategy lessons that are later followed up with individual readers.

This is another free resource for teachers from The Curriculum Corner

Use this reading conference guide as you are building your confidence during conferencing.

How Will This Reading Conference Guide Help?

As a new teacher or a teacher first diving into a workshop approach, conducting meaningful reading conferences can take practice.

What Should Your Conferences Look Like?

Conferencing with students is a key part of reading workshop. This is the time for you to see how each student is growing and where they need support.

Creating Your Conference Guide

This reading conference guide is designed to be made into an easy to carry flip chart.

Preparing Your Reading Workshop

You will find planning materials, units of study, graphic organizers & more!


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