Reflection: Routines and Procedures Conferencing Resources and Strategies - Section 1: Introduction To Conferencing


A few years ago I jumped on the conferencing bandwagon. When I started teaching, this was not that prevalent in teaching, but after a few years in the classroom, it became popular. I started implementing conferencing strategies in my classroom with the hope that students would be able to help each other gain greater insights into their own writing. To be honest, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but I've learned to embrace that. There are times when one group is working incredibly well and can run their conference group for others, and there are times when I need to work directly with a group for an entire class period. Yes, this can be challenging, but this process can be the most rewarding aspect of the unit for me.

To avoid many of the challenges, it's incredibly important to keep two things in mind. The first is the classroom environment. Students need to understand how beneficial conferencing can be and aware of the value of writing from day one. The other aspect to remember is the make up of each group. Group dynamics are so critical in a middle school setting. I set out with grand expectations at the beginning of each year to have students work together based on ability in order to really differentiate instruction when students are also conferencing. While that can work for other concepts, it's tough when they are conferencing with their own work. When this happens, I usually move students around and group them solely based on work ethic and whether or not they will be in a group that will bring the best out of them. I'd like to say that social aspects don't take part in my classroom, but at the beginning of the year, I have to work with them each day.

  Conferencing: The fine line between chaos and productivity.
  Routines and Procedures: Conferencing: The fine line between chaos and productivity.
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Conferencing Resources and Strategies

Unit 9: Personal Narrative/Memoirs: Writing And Conferencing
Lesson 6 of 13

Objective: SWBAT conference with peers and teacher to create ways to improve narrative writing.

Big Idea: Conferencing in the classroom. Is it a nightmare or a dream? Creating a clear structure to work with is key.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, personal narrative, conferencing, personal narratives, memoir
  43 minutes
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