Oak Point, Eden Prairie Schools
What is Conferring?
Conferring is the purposeful conversation teachers have with students to assess current skills and provide immediate and targeted instruction. The goal is to uncover a reader’s thinking, understandings or reflections, in order to teach to their current needs, and move them to independence as a reader.
Conferring can take a short amount of time or longer depending upon student needs. Teachers keep track of student data using different record keeping methods.
The full conference is often 4-7 minutes and follows the steps listed above: research, compliment, teach and link.
There are different types of mini conferences. These typically last 2-3 minutes and may reflect part of the full conference but not the entire process.
It is important to document the work the students are doing during conferences. Examples of how you may do this can will be discussed in coach meetings.
How can I support Conferring at Home?
- What do you talk about when you confer with your teacher about reading?
- What have you noticed about your reading?
- What do you want to work on while you are reading?