The most important first step in teaching reading is getting to know your readers! Spend some time at the beginning of the year... and throughout... to learn about who your students are as readers. In turn, these conversations will help them to develop a stronger reader's identity. Use this reading conference form to help guide discussions.
This resource contains 10 different categories of questions, 37 questions in total. Use it to ask students their beliefs about what makes someone a reader, how they view their reading identity, what types of literature they like to read, what their reading environment at home is like, and more.
Use this resource in conjunction with a reading inventory to learn more about your students. In doing so, you'll be more prepared to help pair them with books they will enjoy. It will also help you to begin establishing individual reading goals with students.
The reading conference forms in this resource are available in two formats. One is a secure PDF. The other is an editable PPT. You can change the questions to fit your needs.
Keep these reading conference notes handy so that you can refer back to them at parent-teacher conferences and other important communication points. Most importantly, track their responses at different points during the year to see if their attitude about reading and beliefs about themselves as readers are changing.
These reading conference forms were designed for middle and high school students.
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