An effective writing conference can reinforce a mini-lesson or previous teaching point and always moves the student forward as a writer by teaching him/her the current piece of writing.
Make sure you thoroughly look over the student's writing before making comments. Check previous conference records to see what other comments, corrections, etc. have been made. Ask the student "What are we working on today? What are you trying to do as a writer?
Make sure you find something to complement the writer on. You want to follow a 'know and grow' mentality. Tell the student what he or she 'knows' <is doing well> and the student will rise to the occasion!
Decide and Teach/Reteach
Choose one area that you would like to reinforce. Use language like "Let me teach you something else that good writer's do..." or "I saw this in a book one time. The author _________. Let's see if you can do something like this." Another way to introduce a teaching point is to say, "Today I'd like to show you how to ________ your writing."
Guide the student and give support. Do not abandon your writer! Help the writer find a place in the writing to incorporate the new skill. At this point, it is OK to leave the writer and let him or her work independently.
Give a reminder to the student that he/she is to try this during all writer's workshops.
**This was based on the Writer's Workshop Framework that was developed at the national Reading and Writing Institute at the Teacher's College of Columbia University
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Have a great Friday!