We are finishing up the prewriting conferences we started yesterday.
So to warm up today, I will remind students that they fall into two categories over the next two class days - waiting or moving on. If they are "waiting" to be called up for a conference, they should be preparing their prewriting sheet. If it is incomplete we cannot have a productive meeting and I may send them back. If their sheet is complete and they feel confident about that, they may read independently. If they are "moving on" they have already conferenced with me and have specifics to move on to based on our conversation.
I also remind students that they are not to interrupt while I am conferencing. Middle school students tend to think their problem is the most important in the whole world and want it addressed immediately; however, my attention is 100% with the student I am conferencing with, so to curb this, I deduct time from their afternoon break/social time if they interrupt. They will appreciate it when they are the one getting my full attention.
Once again I will quickly move from our warm up discussion to conferencing because I know the minutes are precious if I am going to finish my mission to spend quality time with each student today.
During conference time, I keep a check list of where students are and we make notes on the prewriting sheet to remind the student of what we discussed and any next steps.
When students return to their seat, I want them to have a plan they can attack on their own.
To wrap up class today, I will pull the class back together to address any questions that linger now that I have conferenced with everyone and allow students to share out any big ideas that resulted from our conferences.