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Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop

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Paperback, 232 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Stenhouse Publishers (first published 2009)
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Tony Keefer
Jul 26, 2011 Tony Keefer rated it it was amazing
Excellent and thought provoking book. Affirmed many of the things I believed about te power of conferring with readers, but also challenged me to look at conferring differently. Allen's writing is marvelous. Must read for any teacher who works with readers.
Aug 26, 2015 Deborah rated it really liked it
Lots of good thoughts on how to use conferring in your classroom and how it should look. It is a key to students learning how to read. I like that Allen doesn't make it sound super easy. He tells us that it is a skill that takes time to learn and refine. Really enjoyed this book!
Jun 19, 2015 Andrea rated it really liked it
This book gave me a lot to think about when conferring with students during reading workshop. I got lots of good notes and ideas from it.
Tanya Windham
Dec 08, 2010 Tanya Windham rated it really liked it
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Excellent resource! Allen shares his experiences as he improves his ability to do one-on-one "conferences" (conferring) daily with his students. The first part of the book spends time developing the purpose or philosophy for conferring. Allen then begins giving examples and strategies. This is one of several books written by members of the Public Education and Business Coalition. These strategies help students to become better readers, writers, and thinkers. This book is not just for reading tea ...more
Nov 08, 2014 Laura rated it really liked it
After attending a conference where Patrick Allen was a speaker, I picked up a copy of Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop. His focus on conferring with students during reader's workshop served as a reminder of the power of really listening to student thinking and giving students the time and attention necessary to truly think deeply. In an era of one minute fluency probs, documenting and encouraging deep thinking to guide instruction needs to be at the forefront of teaching reading.
Dawn Little
Jun 25, 2012 Dawn Little rated it it was amazing
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I've had this book on my TBR pile for a while. I had the opportunity to hear Patrick speak at the All Write Conference last week and thought I should have a little background. This book affirmed some of my thinking about reader's workshop and the importance of conferring, but also challenged me to think about how to make conferring work in my school with my students. A conversational read, Allen is pleasantly passionate about this keystone to reader's workshop.
Sep 07, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Lots of ideas and things that affirmed my beliefs about teaching reading. Found a few things to try. Used some words I've never seen before.... I suppose this shouldn't be a complaint in a professional book for teachers... but I've seen A LOT of words, so perhaps the author might have been able to find a word that didn't make me have to stop reading to figure out what it meant. Nevertheless, definitely recommended for teachers.
Feb 18, 2014 Joanne rated it really liked it
A must read for any teacher of reading.
Jul 17, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Highly useful, even for this high school teacher.
Aug 12, 2012 Kristen rated it really liked it

So thoughtfully and passionately written. I love his RIP model for structuring a conference and his scripted conferences to get a feel for how to encourage kids to become more strategic in their reading without doing all the talking. I know I'm light-years away from conferencing like Mr. Allen but he has given some great building-blocks for getting to his level at some point.
Mark Isero
This book was only OK. My favorite chapter, "The RIP Model," gave me great ideas about the three most important parts of any reading conference. I also appreciated that the author suggests tbat each conference can last between three and five minutes. This is something that I can do. Unfortunately, most of the book seemed less focused in purpose.
Jan 08, 2014 Cristina rated it really liked it
Love this book still was just re-reading before starting workshop conferences second semester.
Sheryl Coats
Mar 13, 2010 Sheryl Coats rated it it was amazing
Wow! Awesome book! While I have been doing a reader's workshop for nearly 5 years along with conferring, this book really challenged me to take my conferring deeper. It's a easy read and it is full of wisdom, powerful quoters and real world application.
Apr 15, 2010 Mindi rated it really liked it
This book gave me lots to think about as I plan my reading/writing workshop for next year. Definitely worth the money.
Jan 29, 2012 Donalyn rated it really liked it
A good exploration of conferring for teachers who are not sure how to begin. We read this as a department book study.
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