Writers Workshop - Conferencing

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  1. SCTeacher23

    SCTeacher23 Comrade

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    Oct 14, 2015

    I've been attending my first ever series of Writers Workshop professional development sessions! For conferencing - how often are you supposed to/do you end up doing this? Do you conference with students everyday?
     
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    I conference with students about 1-2 times a week for writing workshop. Just like with reading conferences, it doesn't have to be long. For writing conferences, I usually sit down and watch them write a bit while I check over my notes, touch base on their goal, then offer a short teaching point. We might work together another minute or so then I wrap it up with recapping their goal and I go to the next child.
     
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    How many kids do you get through each day? Should I be spending the whole independent writing portion conferencing with students? Or should I be circulating for part of the time and conferencing for part of the time? Or only be conferencing some days?
     
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    It varies for me, but I usually get through all the kids by the end of the week and my struggling writers more often. I usually have 3-5 mini lessons per week- short (# of minutes of students' ages) and the rest of the time is writing. They need to have extended time immersed in writing! I save some time for emergency conferences too- things come up.

    Do what works for you! How many kids do you have? How much time do you have allotted for writing?

    I usually had 45 minutes, so I might do:
    10 min- mini lesson (time for transition built in)
    30 min- writing (3-4 students- 3-5 minute conferences)
    5 min- gather and share

    Days with no mini lesson
    5 min- discuss plan with partner (way to check in and make sure they have a goal)
    30-35 min- writing
    5-10 min- gather and share (would do extended shares these days, almost like a mini lesson with things I thought were great examples)
     
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    I do conferences every day, but I get through only 4, maybe 5 a day. Sometimes fewer if I am really working a student on developing a certain area. I have heard before that conferences are short, and sometimes for me they are (especially if I am just doing a check-in), but realistically my conferences can be longer when I see a particular need to work on a certain area and I am trying to provide additional support.
     
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    This is just something I have not mastered at all. I have a really hard time keeping writing conferences short. I do much better with reading conferences. I think this year I really want to start pulling strategy groups more. A lot of times, a group of kids needs to work on the same thing, and I just have two many kids to realistically meet all their needs through 1:1 conferences. With 28 students, I'm lucky if I can meet with all of them once every two weeks. I think a combination of strategy groups and 1:1 conferences will allow me to meet more of their needs.
     
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    Nov 5, 2015

    I do not use writer's workshop, but I conference with students about their writing 1-2 times a week for about 3 minutes.
     

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