One-on-one meetings are the ultimate confidence builders for students. They’re especially effective as follow-ups to (instruction), when students practice a strategy. Your undivided attention to each child makes them feel that you care about their learning and will try to help them understand and improve (Robb 1998, 7-8).
What is a Conference?
A short interaction between teacher and student during the work time of Readers Workshop.
The follow may occur:
? Listen to a student read aloud or complete a problem to determine accuracy, fluency, and strategy use.
? Discuss goals have student reflect on them.
? Ask questions regarding what the student is reading/working on to determine comprehension, etc…
? Demonstrate the strategies of proficient readers/mathematicians
? Explain the value of using strategies/practices regularly
? Reinforce direct instruction done in whole-class settings by repeating a point, such as how to use the Reader’s Notebook/Math Notebook correctly
? Converse with the student about any problem you have noticed or that the student has identified
? Make recommendations regarding texts the student might enjoy or benefit from reading
? Discuss reading habits
? Strategize with the student about what needs to happen next
Both of these conferring forms are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The reading form considers text-complexity and the math form considers the Common Core Math Practices,