I used to dread conferring with student writers. I felt like it put me on the hot seat. I had 5 minutes to figure out where a writer was in the writing process, what the writer was struggling with, what the writer wanted to achieve, what the writer needed at that point in time, and how I could teach it…and then I actually had to teach it. All in five minutes—did I mention that part already? How is that even possible?
Then I heard Matt Glover talk about conferring, and he completely changed my approach to it. It was the simplest advice, really, the kind of thing that you hear and then think, Of course! Why did that never occur to me?
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