Ethan, a fourth grader, shows us how much students know about themselves as readers, especially if we ask. Notice how articulate he is with what he does well and where he wants to go next. This is obviously not the first time he has reflected on his strengths and next steps in reading.
Since vocabulary is his goal, Heather and Gail discuss how to monitor increased vocabulary, and how to structure an individual conference with a student who is reading above grade level. They also introduce Ethan to word collector, a system for keeping track of the words he is learning.