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The small moments of teaching

I was lucky enough to see Peter Johnston (Choice Words and Opening Minds) speak at a conference in York, PA, and he said many things that strike me as so relevant to our everyday interactions with students.   One comment … Continue reading

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Small Group Writing Conferences

When we confer with students, we often feel guilty because we run out of time… and as important as it is to confer with students individually, one way to save some time is to confer in small groups. When I … Continue reading

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“Pretty much I’m already an author.”

Peter Johnston, in his books Choice Words and Opening Minds, reminds us that the language we use with our students can help or hinder their identities. One of the simplest things we can do when we work with our students … Continue reading

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New book about writing conferences

I am very excited about my new book on conferring from Stenhouse, Let’s Talk: Managing One-on-One, Peer, and Small Group Conferences. Conferring can be difficult because there are so many things to manage. I tried to write a book with … Continue reading

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Conferring Tip #2: Love the Resisters

  One truth I have learned about resistant writers has helped me more than any other: Resistant writers are better at resisting than they are at writing. They resist because they have practiced resisting. I need to figure out how … Continue reading

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Conferring Tip #1: Consider Purpose

I am excited to announce my new book from Stenhouse is due out in February, 2015! I hope Let’s Talk: Managing One on One, Peer, and Small Group Conferences will provide some helpful tips for all of you who work … Continue reading

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New DVD!

My DVD on writing conferences,  How Can I Support You?  is available now from Stenhouse. You can view a free preview clip online. I am very happy with the outcome of this project… none of the conferences are “perfect”, but, … Continue reading

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