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Conferring Tips in Writing Workshop, Shana Frazin

  1. The Secret to Powerful Teaching: Tips and Strategies that Will Make a Difference in Your Writing Conferring Presented by Shana Frazin @sfrazintcrwp
  2. Welcome!  Let’s begin by chatting with someone who is sitting near to you:  Book, Movie, TV series, Game or App recommendation  Topic you are currently in studying  Potty or sleep training?  Language?  Skill: cooking or carpentry?  Small moment story from your morning
  3. Tip #1: You gotta get in the pool if you want to swim  In other words, in order to teach writing, you need to do some writing.  Quick Write: Opinion, Narrative or Information based on your neighborly conversation
  4. Tip #2: A conference is a dialogue, not a monologue During a writing conference, writers say some things about… WHAT HOW Topic My piece is about… Writing Process I am… (collecting or developing or choosing or…) Next Steps Next, I am planning to… Trouble I need some help with…
  5. Tip #2.5: Teach Other Ways Writers Talk About Writing  Quantity  Quality  Identity (with evidence!)
  6. Tip #3: There’s more than one way to get in the pool  In other words, Research, Decide, Teach is not the one and only structure for a writing conference  Assessment conference  Compliment-only conference  Partner conference  Follow-up conference  Coming Soon… conference
  7. Tip #4: Create examples with explanations  “Writers reach not for the ornate or the impressive word, but for the true word, the precise word.” ~Lucy Calkins  In my own writing:  1st try: I watched my mom as she combed her hair.  More precise try: I studied my mom as she lifted the blue plastic pick to her curls. Phft, phft, phft.  Abraham’s writing  1st try: I was so excited. I jumped up and down.  More precise try: Inside me was a tingle. I started to feel a little taller. Like a big brother. I made a fist, stretched my arm and tugged to my chest and said, “yea!!”
  8. Tip #5: Talking about Writing is Writing Work  Some people say, “If you can’t speak it, you can’t write it.”  Other people say, “Practice makes… permanent.”  I say, “Oral rehearsal is a powerful tool for creating community and for improving the quality of writing.”
  9. Tip #6: Recruit Co-Teachers (Including Your Very Own Students)  There is a clear and powerful link between reading and writing that eludes some students. Capitalize on this link by showing kids how you and many other writers walk in the footsteps of the masters. From Crow Call: It’s morning, early, barely light, cold for November. At home, in the bed next to mine, Jessica, my older sister still sleeps. But my bed is empty. My writing: It’s evening, late, no sounds, save the whir of the AC unit. At home, in the room next to hers, Tami’s mom sleeps like a baby. But Tami is too angry for sleep.
  10. Tip #7: Twitter!  Just a few ah.mazing authors who are available on twitter:  Melissa Stewart  Seymour Simon  Jane Yolen  Lester Laminack  Cynthia Lord  Roy Peter Clark  And, many of your favorite TCRWP SDers!
  11. Tip #8: Track Your Teaching  “Take only memories. Leave only footprints.” is good advice while hiking and conferring.  Give and take artifacts—  TurboScan  Evernote  Old School: Post-Its
  12. Tip #9: Fall in Love with… Revision  Revision is a disposition to be nurtured  Our first thought is rarely our best thought  Shout it out from the rooftops  Make “before and after” writing visible
  13. Tip #10: Get happy   How can we make our classroom feel like a room without a roof?