Today, I had our writing coach in my room. I have noticed that many students like to talk with other writers. I want to give them tools when conferencing with others. We created a T-chart about what we heard and what our writers did. I had two boys talk with each other because they often do and have had practice. We wrote on our chart and then practiced with other writers. I wish you could have seen one group. I had already frustrated this boy by moving him from place to another. Then I put him with two other writers who had "lost" their writing. Now, all three of these students are very bright. This boy (the same one who inferred, way past you - see earlier posts) brought me a note and had a horrible pouty look on his face when I had a chance to look over at his group. His note said...I am very very very very very ennui. Ennui is a lack of excitement or experiencing boredom. We have been reading Gooney Bird Greene and the Room Mother and have written down our new vocabulary word ennui that very day! I am so glad he had an opportunity to use it!
In reflecting, during sharing time instead of letting the students go off a little of how their conferences went, I would have had them tell exactly from the chart something they experienced as well as if there is anything that should go on our chart.
And if I get the parent permission, I am going to try and put a video of two students on my blog that had a very cute conference...watch to see if I'm able.