Peer conferencing can be a really difficult thing to do well, even as an experienced writer. Imagine, then, being an amateur writer and trying to decide what to tell someone about their personal writing! We ask students to develop this skill all the time and often we forget to guide them through the process.
This document is meant to guide students through the peer conference conversation. Once peer conferencing has been modeled ("I do it"), and practiced ("We do it"), then students are ready to practice on their own ("You do it"). Just because students area "ready" to peer conference independently, does not mean they should continue in the task without any teacher guidance.
The graphic organizer at the bottom gives you, the teacher, immediate feedback on how the conference went for the students and how productive it was. The talking points at the top give the students access to a focused and productive conversation.