Three Simple and Surprising Tips for Powerful Writing Conferences

So as not to disappoint, I first want to start off by saying that this post will not share a list of strategies or resources or thinksheets or structures to print and use for conferring with writers. Instead, these tips rely on you trusting yourself as a teacher, to put aside the requirements and expectations that many well-meaning resources suggest, and instead trust your teacher self. You have everything you need to teach the writers in your class, no matter the age or skill set, within your own head, heart, and experience

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"My Mom is an Author. Check it Out!"

I’m Jack McGee and my mom wrote a book. Though I am only 16, in my humble, and totally biased opinion, the book that she has created, Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing, is one of the highest quality and informative pieces of educational writing that anyone could have at their disposal.

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Step Away from the Red Pen - Part 4: Choices in Feedback

I hope my daughter never reads this post until she is a parent herself!  She will uncover one of my favorite parenting techniques:  offering choices.  It helps diffuse tension while also creating agency.  Let me explain.  One of our biggest challenges at home is getting ready in the morning, specifically selecting what to wear.  She loves to wear...

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Step Away from the Red Pen - Part 3: Feedback for the Writer Within

One of my heroes, Katherine Bomer, has reminded us over and over that writing is one of the most vulnerable acts for students in school.  They must lay their thoughts and “imperfections” out there on paper to be exposed to their peers, their teachers, and sometimes the entire school community.

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