There is tremendous value in using The CAFE school wide. As students get older and have experience and a high comfort level with the strategies, teachers have the ability to layer strategies together in their instruction and even teach two or three at a time. Utilizing various strategies quickly and efficiently mirrors the natural behaviors of proficient readers.
Gail and Joan discuss the purpose behind brief but frequent conferences, realizing that using a child's existing text helps facilitate short but meaningful interactions with a child. They realize that when they select to use a text that is new to the child, scaffolding may be necessary that will extend the length of the conference.
Regardless, the true secret to meaningful and purposeful conferring with children (and adults) is a good relationship. Let's listen in.