Conferring time has become one of my favorite pieces of the writer's workshop. It's taken me a few years, but I've finally figured out what works for me. I make appointments with all my kids M-TH. Each day I meet with 5-6 students. These are the same each week. Before I begin conferecing I ask if anyone would like to sign up for a conference. If I have a list, I will try to get to them after I finish with my scheduled appointments. Typically at the beginning of the year not many students request one, but by the end of the year it can get quite long. The format I use when keeping notes is below.
Basic Conference Form for a Student
During my conferences, I stick with teaching one thing. This one thing will need to be something that will make them grow in their writing craft. We discuss their writing goal and look for evidence that they are working on it withing the piece they share with me.
This time is something that I have grown to cherish. What is your favorite time in writer's workshop?