Conferring with primary writers





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The research question addressed in this project was, how can I meaningfully confer with first grade writers? It documents one teacher's experiences teaching first grade students to talk about their writing in brief conversations during daily Writing Workshop. This capstone details the purpose and structure of a writing conference and ways to support student responses during writing conversations. The author describes the successes and challenges of conferring with students while they write and concludes that: 1) time dedicated to the teaching of effective writing is not only helpful, but necessary in primary classrooms 2) conferring with children about their work increases their awareness of their own learning, strengths and challenges 3) consistent structure in a writing conference is important, but must be flexible to adapt to student needs and interests 4) teachers would benefit significantly from increased professional development and collaboration focused on effective writing instruction.

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