Monday, December 6, 2010

Effective Writing Conferences

Conference Type: Making Meaning

                  * I know she will write down her ideas when I walk away and that she as an understanding of the work she is being asked to do. One thing I would have liked to have done is ask the student, "What can I do for you? What else might you need from me?"

Questioning Fellow Writers to Help Them Support Their Purpose

Check out this video of two fifth grade students (you could do this at ANY grade) using questioning to one another to deep deeper with their persuasive topic. The "listener" has a sheet of paper with the "4 Exs" questions that writers often think about when they work to support their topic/purpose. Notice how the "speaker" generates ideas to support her future writing.