Individual Instruction

Writer's Workshop Conference

One of the most powerful benefits of my school's blended learning model is the amount of time it creates for me to work individually with my students on their literacy development. One strategy I use often is a Writer's Workshop Conference, which consists of my having a targeted conversation with each student during which I am able to give feedback about his or her writing. I work hard at the beginning of the year to establish a classroom culture in which all students, regardless of the activity they are involved with at any given moment, understand how important it is that I be able to provide focused, uninterrupted support to each of them. This makes it possible for me to focus on one student's writing for three to five minutes every day while other students are working individually or in small groups. 

Strategy Resources (2)
Graphic Organizer
 
 
This a template I use for planning my student conferences. For each conference, I note a compliment, a teaching point, as well as a goal I have for each student during the next writing conference. The first page is used as a visual way (publicly displayed in the class) for students to know when their five minute long conference is during the week. The remaining pages are just for me.
 
Graphic Organizer
 
 
This a template I use for planning my student conferences. For each conference, I note a compliment, a teaching point, as well as a goal I have for each student during the next writing conference. The first page is used as a visual way (publicly displayed in the class) for students to know when their five minute long conference is during the week. The remaining pages are just for me.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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