This week’s posts are dedicated to summing up my experiences at All Write 2012.
Conferring with individual readers may be the biggest shift that I consider for the fall. I confer with writers. Why don’t I do this with readers? I think I do, just not always one-on-one. I certainly don’t confer with each reader everyday, nor do I confer with each writer on a daily basis. Let’s be honest, time is the biggest factor here. Since I don’t have time to add more and am not ready to abandon guided reading, I feel that I need to explore Plan C.
“Meet with as many kids as you can,” Patrick said, “and let go of the guilt.” It comforted me to hear these words, I just don’t know that I’ll ever be able to do it. For now, he gave me a lot to think about– much of which I could incorporate whether I’m meeting one-on-one or with a small group. I foster an independence in reader attitudes, process, stamina and work ethic. I form relationships. I gather assessment information. None of Patrick’s reasons to confer are different from what I already do. I just feel that I am skimming a surface… when I want go deeper. I am ready to explore a different way to do reading groups. I just haven’t found what that is. One idea of Patrick’s that intrigues me is (if I remember correctly) readers identify something that moves them, reads the section aloud to his or her group (fluency work), and prepares a written reflection to share. I love this idea and am thinking about what that might look like in my second grade classroom. I look forward to reading Patrick’s book, Conferring: The Keystone of Reader’s Workshop this summer. I am hoping it will improve my conferring skills, as well as give me some Reader’s Workshop tips.