What makes a good conference?
Conferring or conferencing is a great formative assessment tool. A good conference always begins with research. During this part of the conference I listen to student conversations, observe student work or ask questions. I ask my students Tell me about your work or What are you finding? During this time I record student successes and I research a possible teaching point. After a minute or so I move into the second part of a good conference. This next step is the compliment. I make sure my compliments are sincere and honest. Sometimes it may be a way to praise a partnership for working well together. Next, I move into the teaching point and then work to provide clarification through questioning, modeling and re-teaching. I may encourage my students to use the new vocabulary or to think deeper about our research questions. I record my observations on science recording sheet and use this data to drive my teaching.
During my conferences in this lesson, I discovered some interesting misconceptions. Please check out my reflection video called Student Misconceptions!