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Conducting reading conferences during reading workshop in a third grade classroom





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The purpose of this study was to investigate how effective reading conferences can happen with students during reading workshop in a third grade classroom. Literature was reviewed to show how experts in the field of reading have successfully conducted individual reading conferences with students. In a qualitative study, third grade students were surveyed to learn about their understandings of and attitudes toward conferring. Next, three weeks of audio-recorded conferences were held with three focus students: one below-level reader, one on-level reader, and one above-level reader. These conferences were analyzed. The study concluded with a follow-up survey and small-group discussion with the focus students. Components of effective reading conferences found in the literature and used in the study include learning about the reader, complimenting the reader, offering a teaching point, and goal setting.

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