Conferring in Reading and Writing Workshop

December 10th, 2009

Patrick Allen

Patrick Allen

“Learning to confer and to confer well is an ongoing process. It takes time. I started by being nudged by someone I trusted, and then started to watch others confer, and then I started recording my own conferences to listen to the types of conversations that develop…think about the best conversations you’ve had with a fellow reader and try to replicate them.”

–Patrick Allen

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard teachers say if they don’t meet with every student every day, or even once a week, they feel guilty…if you have individual conferences at any time during the year, you are giving them the gift of your time and undivided attention.”

–Mark Overmeyer

Mark Overmeyer

Mark Overmeyer

Head over to, where Mark Overmeyer, author of What Student Writing Teaches Us, and Patrick Allen, author of Conferring, compare and contrast reading and writing conferences, and offer suggestions for teachers who are looking to expand the role of conferences in reading and writing workshop. Join their conversation by submitting your own audio or text comments and questions; the authors will respond to new comments posted by Friday, December 18.

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