CAFE


Conferring

Two Ways to Confer

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Here is everything you need to get ready for intentional, efficient, and effective conferring. 

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Setting Up a Conferring Notebook

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Here is everything you need to get ready for intentional, efficient, and effective conferring. 

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Make Conferring a Habit

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Conquer these two behaviors, and you'll be on a path to conferring regularly.

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Practicing Feedback

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This one simple sentence frame can help us provide meaningful feedback. 

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Children Are Much More Than a Level

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To group kids by reading level or not, that is the question. 

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Figuring Out Which CAFE Strategy to Teach

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"Which CAFE strategy should I teach individual students?" is the million-dollar question. Here are some affordable answers. 

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Conferring with Our Strongest Readers

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How do we use assessments to guide our above-grade-level students? 

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Creating Curricular Coherence with Support Staff

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How do we align our teaching on behalf of students for the ultimate in curricular coherence when we have push-in our pull-out support?  Here's how! 

 

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Adding Sharing to the Keeping-Track Sheet

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This simple addition to the keeping-track sheet makes it even more useful and informative. 

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A Road Map to Guide Goal Setting and Instruction with Students

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Figuring out which next steps we need to teach students can leave us feeling a bit flummoxed.  Here are some tried-and-true tools to support you. 

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Teach Through Their Strengths

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Teach: an instructional technique for teaching students a new strategy.

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Curricular Coherence In and Out of the Classroom

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How do we align curriculum within the walls of a classroom to increase achievement?

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A Conference and a Debrief with a High Reader

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These two videos show a one-on-one conference and a debrief about what was learned.

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Quick Check–Book Check

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During a Quick Check-Book Check, the teacher calls a name, and the student shares the title of their book, what page they are on, and what strategy helped them the most that day.  The teacher jots the information on the child's conferring sheet.  It sounds something like this...

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Take Me to a Place

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Take me to a place sends the reader back into the text to find evidence to support his/her thinking.

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An Infer and Support Conference

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Beth Lawson helps Gracie by scaffolding this important comprehension skill.  

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One-on-One Fluency Conference and Debrief

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These two videos show an individual conference coming from a student's personal interest as well as the debrief on what we learned from this student. 

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Read with Expression to Enhance Fluency

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Trish Prentice meets with one of her kindergarten students in this conference.

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Keeping Conferences Short

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Coaching Toward a Target helps us keep our one-on-one conferences focused, intentional, and brief.  

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Understanding the Blends th, ch, wh, and sh

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Trish Prentice helps a kindergarten student practice his blends in isolation, in context, and then focuses on comprehension.

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Sticking With a Book

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Beth Lawson is checking in with Jeffery to see how he is doing with his goal of sticking with a book from beginning to end.

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Support Summarizing With Check for Understanding

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Check for understanding is a great strategy to help support students who are learning to summarize.

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Combining Multiple Strategies

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Trish Prentice supports a young reader with results that seem almost magical.

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Expanding Vocabulary While Keeping the Teacher Informed

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Let's eavesdrop on this conference with a strong reader who is working to expand his vocabulary, using new words in his writing.

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