Reflection #2 - Alex Jones
Five Minutes Well Spent
What Does a Reading Conference Look Like?
- 1-3 students and the teacher
- Approximately 5 minutes in length
- Can take place at any table or the student's desk
- Post a schedule letting students know the date of their conference
- The session should have a purpose/focus
- They are informal
During a reading conference with early readers, it is usually best to focus on decoding, vocabulary, reading strategies, and self-monitoring.
During a reading conference with fluent readers, it is usually best to focus on comprehension, reading strategies, and new genres.
The First Week of School
Try conferencing with your students during the first week of school. This is a great way to get a diagnostic assessment of your students' reading interests and abilities.
Reading Conference Styles
Set a purpose for the conference with the student, set a goal, read with the student (can be modelled, shared, or listen to the student read), discuss strategy, student writes goal in his/her reading notebook.
Running Record Reading Conference
Introduce the text, student reads text independently, conference after the student has finished the book and conduct a running record, discuss the text focussing on a specific goal.
A Conference with Reading Partners
Partner students up and give them an opportunity to read together, observe their behaviours, step in to redirect conference only when needed.
A Conference with Routine Sample Questions
Students are familiar with the routine questions and success criteria. These 5 questions guide discussion and teacher focuses on one specific goal.
- Why did you choose this book?
- What is the reading level of the book for you?
- Tell me what the book is about so far.
- Let's discuss your strengths and what you need to work on.
- How long do you think it will take you to finish this book?
- Sound it Out
- Word Families
- Use your Pointer Finger to Read
- Determining Importance
- Main Idea
- Skip the Word and Read On
- Context Clues
- Pause and Check
- Text Features
- Meta Cognition
- Point of View
- Character Analyzing
When Can Students Request a Conference?
- The student is looking for a new independent reading text
- The student wants some help/clarification with reading strategies
- The student is having difficulty with a text
- The student is looking to explore or new genre or series