#DigiLit Sunday: Conferring

This Sunday, Margaret Simon @ Reflections on the Teche is celebrating her daughter’s wedding. In her absence, I’m hosting #DigiLit Sunday. Thank you, Margaret, for creating this place to share our digital teaching and literacy thoughts.

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This week’s topic is conferring.

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This quote sums up the essence of teaching. It is the continual challenge. The most difficult and the best part of teaching. It’s the part you never have enough time for; the part you always wish you could have done better.

After years of worry as to how to best confer with student writers, it has come down to this: hearing, seeing, and honoring students’ words. When I sit next to a writer, I can interrupt, impose, or act as their perceived savior. Ultimately, I want to honor their process and lift them up to the next step. Aid and assist.

Digital writing with Google Docs has allowed me to read student words before conferring. Now, when I sit beside them I have a better understanding, and I can see the possible, writer to writer.

“Writers, like you and me and all of those writers we read, have faced this problem. Can I show you one way I have tried to solve it?”

That is conferring as I know it. A communion of listening and thinking.
A call, response.
What do you want to say?
Can I show you what I’ve tried?

How does conferring go in your classroom? Add your thoughts by linking up  in the comments below.