Today was day 2 at the Literacy Institute and I took the workshop on Conferring. Great stuff! When I first started Writing Workshop I was conferring as much as I could. As the our focus got redirected over the years on other demands I did less and less conferring. That's why I was really looking forward to this workshop - I really needed some help with management and guidance regarding conferring with my students.
Yesterday I created a weekly form to record the times you confer with students. Today I saw a different way some teachers organize this. Instead of a recording sheet, they set up a folder where each student gets a section. (Some laminate sheets of construction paper for each student.) Then they carry around a sheet of labels to write their notes on. At the end of the day they peel the labels off and stick them in the folder in the student's section.
I think I might like this way better so I can keep all the student's conference records in the same place. I guess I'll have to try them out to see what will work best for me.
I've taken the Weekly Conferring Records and placed them in a label format. This sheet is set up for the Avery US Letter Format template 8460 for labels 1" x 2.63"
Click on the preview below to download the labels.