How do I
this independent writing activity time, I am circulating around
the room, at the beginning of class, writing anecdotal
records, or conferring with individual students about their
written assignments they are working on. [I use a clip board to
keep track] If the student is writing in his/her
quick write notebook -
or writing about their territories, or independent
writing, then I stop and ask a few questions concerning the
ideas they are planning for future writing.
I focus on
the strategies being used by the writer and not the specific text
conventions and patterns. During this conference I use a
chart for marking and
use it in assessment of student development skills. The goal is to guide
students in developing strategies that will transfer to many different
types of writing. It is helpful to keep notes about what was discussed
in the conference as a part of ongoing assessment.
workshop starts, conferences are short (1-2 minutes) meetings. Later,
longer conferences will be needed to discuss and help students reflect
on their writing.
quick overview of all students I use this
form to monitor
which form of writing the student is currently working on.