If you read my post last week, you know that I have been working with my District Literacy Coach, Kate (aka Debbie Miller, Donalynn Miller and Kathy Collins all rolled into one) to bring you an amazing resource!!!! Hold on to your seats...I hope you are just as thrilled as I am when you download your FREE sample!
Here is a little background about how these Conferring Shortcuts came about...
During Reading Workshop or the Daily Five when your kiddos are independently reading and you are going around conferencing with them, do you find yourself doing a "drive-by" conference?
By a drive-by conference, we mean this:
Teacher "How's it going?"
Teacher "Can you read a little of your book to me?"
Teacher "Great, keep up the good work."
During this conference, the teacher listened to the child, gave a compliment and went on to the next child. Where was the TEACHING in that conference? Maybe the teacher didn't know how to find a teaching point with the child because she has never read the book herself. Maybe the 4th grade teacher doesn't know how to conference with a lower-level reader because she has never had to deal with a 4th grader who can only read level J books.
If you have a solid conference with a child about his/her reading, a conference should have:
Research (listen and talk to child)
Decide (what are you going to teach)
Teaching Point/Compliment (actually teach something meaningful)
These Conferencing Shortcuts were developed because Kate was watching teachers struggle with what to teach to their readers during a reading conference. Conferring Shortcuts were designed to be used with series books like Elephant and Piggie, Commander Toad, Minnie and Moo, Henry and Mudge, etc.
Here is the product description straight from TPT: