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Conferring with Readers

  • Title:Conferring with Readers: Supporting Each Student's Growth and Independence
  • Author:Gravity Goldberg, Jennifer Serravallo
  • Publication Date:October 2007
  • Grade Level:3-8
  • ISBN:9780325011011
  • Publisher:Heinemann

A great reading conference only takes five minutes, but its impact can last a lifetime. That’s because conferences are the critical, one-to-one teaching that forms the backbone of reading instruction. Conferring with Readers shows you how to confer well and demonstrates why a few moments with students every week can put them on the path to becoming better, more independent readers.

Conferring with Readers is a comprehensive guide that shows you how to determine what readers have learned and what they need to practice, then provides suggestions for targeting instruction to meet students’ needs. It provides explicit teaching methods for use in effective conferences. You’ll learn how to:

  • research a student’s use of skills through questions and observations
  • compliment to support and build upon successes
  • follow up on prior instruction for accountability and depth of understanding
  • explain a reading strategy by providing an explicit purpose and context
  • model the strategy to make the invisible brainwork of reading more visible
  • guide a reader in practicing the strategy
  • link the strategy to independent reading.

Conferring with Readers presents repeatable frameworks for conferences that focus on six specific purposes of reading instruction:

  • matching students to just-right books
  • reinforcing students’ strengths
  • supporting students during whole-class studies
  • helping students move from one reading level to the next
  • holding students accountable for previous learning
  • deepening students’ conversations about books in order to deepen their thinking.

What’s more, each purpose is bolstered by an appendix of conference transcripts that support your teaching.

With all this plus ideas for planning instruction, keeping records of your conferences, and even conducting group sessions, Conferring with Readers will make a big difference in how you teach reading—helping you feel confident and well equipped to foster each student’s growth and independence as a reader.

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Author Bio

Jennifer Serravallo is the author of New York Times bestseller The Reading Strategies Book as well as other popular titles, including Teaching Reading in Small Groups; Conferring with Readers; and The Literacy Teacher's Playbook, Grades K–2 and Grades 3–6. Her newest book is The Writing Strategies Book. She is also the author of the Digital Campus Course Teaching Reading in Small Groups: Matching Methods to Purposes where you can watch dozens of videos of Jen teaching in real classrooms and engage with other educators in a self-guided course. Jen began her career in education as a teacher in Title I schools in NYC and later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Through TCRWP and now as an independent consultant, she has spent over a decade helping teachers across the country to create literacy classrooms where students are joyfully engaged and the the instruction is meaningfully individualized to students' goals.

Gravity Goldberg is author of Mindsets and Moves: Strategies That Help Readers Take Charge, Grades 1-8 and author of many articles about reading, writing, and professional development. She holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a former staff developer at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and an assistant professor at Iona College’s graduate education program. She leads a team of literacy consultants in the New York/New Jersey region. Gravity is the author of Conferring with Readers: Supporting Each Students’ Growth and Independence (Heinemann, 2007)

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