Hi, everyone! I'm Dana from 3rd Grade Gridiron.
I'll be discussing Ch. 5 from the CAFE book titled "Eavesdropping on Some Conferences."
I think the most important thing to take away from the chapter is:
conferencing with the kids should be about reminding them of their strengths and weaknesses in reading. Some kids get so bogged down in what they're doing wrong, they never give themselves credit for what they're doing right!
Another important aspect of conferencing is:
helping the kids devise goals and strategies to become successful readers. Instead of students getting frustrated and shutting down when faced with reading challenges, they will know strategies to get around these obstacles.
Depending on each child's needs, you may conference with students 1-3 times a week. And each time you meet with them, check out their goals set from the last conference.
*Are they getting better?
*Are the strategies working?
Meeting with the kids and keeping track of their progress can help them become more confident and gain more responsibility for their own success!
Do you hold conferences with your students? How often? Any tips for others that have really worked for you?