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Writing
Conferences
Janelle Laub
Strategies for implementing writing conferences
in your classroom
Created by Janelle Laub
2nd Grade Teacher
Mechanicsburg Area School District
Based on research in the
area of Writing Work...
Review of the
Literature
What the research says
Improving Skills through
Writing Conferences
• Teacher’s main responsibility during Writing Workshop
• Meet with each stud...
The Functions of Talk
Conferences…
• are the heart of writing workshop
• help students talk through their writing
• help t...
Improving Inadequate Writers
Conferences should…
• be student-led
• focus on individual writing skills
• be held with 1-3 ...
Transforming Young
Writers’ Attitudes
What motivates students?
• Creative writing with younger students
• Writer’s voice a...
Linking Writing Instruction
Practices & Beliefs
• Link between teacher beliefs and instructional practices
• Consistent in...
References
Brown, M., Morrell, J., & Rowlands, K. D. (2011). Never more crucial: Transforming young
wrtiers’ attitudes tow...
References
(continued)
Flickr. (2013). Writing prompt. Image retrieved from
http://www.flickr.com/photos/46142663@N03/4307...
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Writing Conferences

  1. 1. Writing Conferences Janelle Laub Strategies for implementing writing conferences in your classroom
  2. 2. Created by Janelle Laub 2nd Grade Teacher Mechanicsburg Area School District Based on research in the area of Writing Workshop
  3. 3. Review of the Literature What the research says
  4. 4. Improving Skills through Writing Conferences • Teacher’s main responsibility during Writing Workshop • Meet with each student once a week • Focus on one skill • Evaluate content then mechanics • Help students make conclusions about writing
  5. 5. The Functions of Talk Conferences… • are the heart of writing workshop • help students talk through their writing • help them better understand the process • allow students to share their intentions • help teachers understand students as writers
  6. 6. Improving Inadequate Writers Conferences should… • be student-led • focus on individual writing skills • be held with 1-3 students at a time • focus on two or less weaknesses • teach students to critically read writing
  7. 7. Transforming Young Writers’ Attitudes What motivates students? • Creative writing with younger students • Writer’s voice and attitude with older students
  8. 8. Linking Writing Instruction Practices & Beliefs • Link between teacher beliefs and instructional practices • Consistent in their instruction • Application of writing workshop varied
  9. 9. References Brown, M., Morrell, J., & Rowlands, K. D. (2011). Never more crucial: Transforming young wrtiers’ attitudes toward writing and becoming writers. California English, 17(2), 15-17. Retrieved from http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED531021.pdf Christopher, N., Ewald, M., Giangrasso, S. (2000). Improving inadequate writers. (Master’s thesis, Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois). Retrieved from http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED445343.pdf Cohen, S., Lin, S.C., Monroe, B., & Troia, G. A. (2011). A year in the writing workshop: Linking writing instruction practices and teachers’ epistemologies and beliefs about writing instruction. The Elementary Journal, 112(1), 155-182. Retrieved from http://emmerson.csc.wilkes.edu:2060/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?vid=25&sid=271f08b6- 8117-4cf3-9c27-12afab54c438%40sessionmgr15&hid=9 Flickr. (2013). Writing santa. Image retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/10343926@N02/4151707061/in/photolist Flickr. (2013). US/LS Writing workshop. Image retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/37665914@N08/5225828409/in/photolist Flickr. (2013). US/LS Writing workshop. Image retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/37665914@N08/5226425264/in/photolist
  10. 10. References (continued) Flickr. (2013). Writing prompt. Image retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/46142663@N03/4307898742/in/photolist Flickr. (2013). Extra credit. Image retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/73645804@N00/1046033437/in/photolist Kolling, A. (2002). Improving student revising and editing skills through the use of peer editing and writing conferencing. (Master’s thesis, Saint Xavier University & IRI/Skylight Professional Development, Chicago, Illinois). Retrieved from http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED465189.pdf Laman, T. T. (2011). The functions of talk within a 4th-grade writing workshop: Insights into understanding. Journal of Research in Childhood Education. 25(2), 133-144. Retrieved from http://emmerson.csc.wilkes.edu:2060/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=8e5559f8-b694-4f77- a8fd-791d373e663a%40sessionmgr10&vid=6&hid=22

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