This is what I’m hoping to do next year. Confer with my students about their writing (and reading). Here’s a short video clip:
What great things did you see?
1. Conferring (which is the ultimate GREAT thing!)
2. Pointing out the good things in the writing
3. Teaching only 1 thing-not a multitude of things that cannot be remembered
4. Showing how to revise-without erasing the good writing that is already there
I REALLY think that kids will remember this kind of teaching over whole class teaching. 🙂
Can’t wait to learn more about writing at the National Writing Project summer institute!!! My orientation is this Monday afternoon. Of course, we are supposed to have a meeting after school to figure out what we will be teaching next year, but my friend is going to text me the updates for that. 🙂 Right now it’s looking like 6th, 5th, or 1st. YIKES!
I’m really hoping for 6th. Praying actually. Bribery is possible. Begging. Pleading. Threatening. No-just joking! 🙂