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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop - Patrick Allen

A lot of what I've been reading recently
is about reading.
I've noticed the last few books 
I've read
talk about getting students to choose
their own reading materials. 
In Zambia,
I met a teacher 
that did not have reading groups
but instead conferred with her students.
Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop
follows this premise.

Allen shares his experiences
as he improved his ability to conference
one-on-one with his students.
He spends some time explaining his purpose
or philosophy for conferring. 
He provides examples and strategies. 
What I really loved,
was how he related a lot of his thinking
to developing students' metacognition. 

The strategies and routines he sets up
help students become better
readers, writers and thinkers.

Now, 
the challenge lies,
in getting schools and teachers to see the benefit
in conferences over the 
group sessions where students
are not reading for themselves.




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