Conferring with readers finding focus

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Conferring with readers finding focus

  1. 1. Conferring with Readers: Finding Focus Donalyn Miller
  2. 2. What is your biggest conferring challenge? What obstacles prevent you from conferring?
  3. 3. Comprehension Conference (Routman, 2003) Mosaic of Thought Listserv
  4. 4. What do I notice? What is my plan for the reader and myself in relation to this reader?
  5. 5. Reading Habits Conference Date _____________ Grading Period 1 2 3 4 5 6 Reader Preferences Engagement Record Keeping Commitment Selection school abandoned recommendations reading level text level home plan other Currently reading: What number book is this for the year? school abandoned recommendations reading level text level home plan other Currently reading: What number book is this for the year? school abandoned recommendations reading level text level home plan other Currently reading: What number book is this for the year? school abandoned recommendations
  6. 6. Reading Habits Conference Date ____12-2- 11_________ Grading Period 1 2 3 4 5 6 Reader Preferences Engagement Record Keeping Commitment Selection TRISTEN difficult to see clear preferences seems to select books at random reads in class school accurate genre graph & reading list (matched and completed) No More Dead Dogs abandoned covers Ethan S. me recommendations at/below reading level at/below text level Sometimes: TV, friends, homework home no plan plan other Currently reading: Eleventh Plague What number book is this for the year? 8 ALEX science fiction fantasy series reads in class “sneak reader” school incomplete reading list: titles, authors or dates missing “Why would I do that?” abandoned series 15-year-old brother me recommendations above reading level at/ above text level “Every night before I go to sleep.” home Mockingjay, Burning Bridge plan other Currently reading: Catching Fire What number book is this for the year? 14 ALICIA realistic fiction fantasy “hates historical fiction” reads in class school accurate genre graph and reading list (matched, completed, color- coded) Nerd Girls abandoned book order book commercials me Kenna recommendations at reading level at text level “30 minutes every day when I get home.” home to-read list titles plan other Currently reading: Watsons Go to Birmingham What number book is this for the year? 17 ABBY realistic fiction Informational non-fiction sometimes reads in class school accurate genre graph and reading list (matched and completed) none abandoned me Lisa Natalie recommendations at/below reading level at/below text level “reads every night” home to-read list plan other
  7. 7. Reading Conference Recap o Golden Gate Bridge method o Focus on one skill or concept. o Keep records. o Each person in the conference walks away with something to do. o It’s about the reader, not about the book.

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