How can you work with twice as many students each day? And give struggling writers more attention? Without diminishing the quality of your teaching? By making the most of Small-Group Writing Conferences. You'll boost your instructional effectiveness by coaching more students each day; focusing on explicitly teaching writing strategies, scaffolding learning across everything students write; gathering more assessment information than ever for differentiation; making your teaching stick as students practice and discuss strategies together, then link them to prior learning.