I attended many amazing conferences at Nerd Camp this summer, but the one that
had me the most excited to try back in my classroom was Anne Marie Johnson’s – "What I've Learned About Conferring from Studying My Doctor”. Earlier in the summer, I had recently finished reading two excellent books on the same topic:
DIY Literacy by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts
Teaching Reading in Small Groups by Jennifer Serravallo.
All 3 of these resources filled in the gaps and answered many of my questions about conducting powerful small group conferences. As a general rule, I understood the importance of meeting with individual students and small groups, but I was never totally confident on how to build the groups and/or how to truly use the time to remediate and propel kids forward on their reading path.
So this week in Room 223- I put the theory into practice and tried these strategies. Here are the highlights of what worked and what didn’t go so well…
Practices Which Moved Mountains in My Classroom!
Beware the PITFALLS and CHALLENGES!
As always, I suggest that you turn to the experts to inform the instruction in your classroom. Here are the links to the info that I referenced above.
Stay tuned for next Sunday’s blog on Personalized Reading… or how to get kids excited about reading independently!