I'm a huge fan of conferencing with kids, and there are several very good reasons for that: conferences allow you get to know your students, to teach more effectively, and to reduce your grading load.
The problem is that while you take fewer papers home, you need to do more organizing and managing during your classes.
And that isn't always so easy to do.
However, I can tell you, unequivocally, that it is so worth it. I've told you before that it's been a game-changer for me as a teacher - but even more importantly, it's helped my students learn so much more than what I used to do. And, along the way I've developed some strategies that allow me to find the time to conference. You can download my strategies here.
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