by: Carl Anderson
Grade Level: Gr. 2-8 Heinemann
This is by far the best writing on the conference I have read. It is a book that is far superior to the other texts-including my own.
For Anderson, the key to a powerful writing conference lies in understanding that it is a conversation with a clear purpose and a predictable structure. This is the best lens through which to view the task of talking about writing. To that end, Anderson shows how we can take what we already know about having effective conversations and use that knowledge. Sample transcripts of conferences with elementary and middle school students in both urban and suburban settings walk us through the process step by step, providing new insight into how ambitious conferences unfold.
Above all, How’s It Going? is a practical book. Written in a conversational style, it’s filled with lots of useful advice, including an in-depth discussion of the teacher’s role in conferences, strategies for teaching students to take an active role, ways to weave in literature, minilessons, classroom management strategies, and responses to the most frequently asked questions about conferring. Along the way, readers will learn new ways of thinking, develop effective techniques, and perfect straightforward strategies. At the same time, they’ll grasp the art and logic of conferring, and with this learning in mind, discover for themselves how to confer well.
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SBN: 978-0-325-00224-8 / 0-325-00224-X / 2000 / 224pp / Paperback
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