By keeping reading conferences short and efficient, it is easy for the teacher to conference with multiple students, and it is less daunting for students who may not feel confident about conferencing at first. Conferences can be done during reading workshops, DEAR or other independent reading time in the classroom. The following is a description of how to use this resource, however it can easily be adjusted to the needs of your classroom:
When sitting down to conference with a student, begin by showing them the first page and asking them to choose what type of conference they would like to have. After they select the conference, take out the reference page and say out loud to the student the information in the “Establish Expectations” section. Then, let the conference proceed and take notes on the student’s conference notes page; for directions on taking notes, use the “Teacher-Take Away” from the reference page. End the conference by asking the student how they plan to finish their book.
These resources are great for organizing a binder for reading conferences! The first page (displaying the conference options) easily slides into the front of the binder, and inside of the binder, a copy of the conference notes page may be included for each student.
I tried many different ways to encourage reading and track student progress in the independent reading station of my social studies classroom. These quick and easy conferences has been to most effective routine I have ever used! Please leave feedback on my page for how using these resources has helped incorporate reading conferences in your classroom!
-C. Frank EDU