Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Inspiration is a Kick in the Butt

This week I am attending the Literacy Institute offered by my county.  They always have great workshops and keynote speakers.  Today was the 1st day and as usual I'm faced with the reality of how amazing these teachers are out there!  I start to realize all the areas that I've slipped in or could do better in.  I should be better and I know I can do better!  These presenters and teachers certainly are inspiring.  Hence the "kick in the butt"!  It's time to take what I know works and blend it with some of these new ideas that I'm discovering!

One area that I know I had been lacking in but honestly was just trying to keep my head above water in was "conferring" with students in Writing Workshop.  The first few years I started Writing Workshop I was having my little meetings with students and writing down feedback on post-it notes.  Then as the years passed and I schedules got changed, I ended up just trying to squeeze in some good Writing Workshop time and let the conferring side go a bit.  It became more verbal feedback but I'd lose track of who I talked to about what and when!  So this year I'm trying to be proactive.  I've created this "Conferring Recording Sheet" to put in a Conferring Folder.  This way I'll be able to keep track of who I've already met with and what we talked about!  There is a spot for the student's name, the star = a compliment about the writing, and TP = the Teaching Point you'd like the student to work on.

Click on the preview below to download this form for free.  I hope it helps you keep up with your conferring!  I certainly hope it will help me!

Oh, BTW . . . my daughter's 1st birthday is this THURSDAY, so I'll be having a sale to celebrate her birthday on my TpT!  Everything will be 10% off!  Don't forget to come shop!


  1. Thanks for sharing this! I've tried many different ways to conference with my kiddos during W.W. too! I'm going to try this out!

    Frolicking Through First

  2. I'm jealous that you get to attend the literacy institute... I've never had the opportunity. (ps, the diva told me that you were a fellow gwinnettian)

    and can I also say how awesome your owls are, I'm sort of obsessed with owls :D

  3. Yes, Miss Dennis! I'm in Gwinnett! I went to the Writing Institute YEARS ago when Writing and Reading were a week long each and held separately. Now it's combined in 3 days. Great stuff. I try to take in as much as I can, but I know I'll forget stuff!

    And thank you . . . I love the owls too! My daughter's 1st birthday party is this weekend and we have an owl theme going on too! =)


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