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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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.