Conferring with Primary Writers CD-ROM: A Practical Reference and a Dynamic Staff Development Tool for Units of Study for Primary Writing

Conferring with Primary Writers CD-ROM: A Practical Reference and a Dynamic Staff Development Tool for Units of Study for Primary Writing




Conferring with Primary Writers (CD-ROM) is a practical reference and a dynamic staff development tool for Units of Study for Primary Writing

One-to-one conferences are at the heart of the process approach to teaching writing. While they appear to be warm, informal conversations, conferences are in fact highly principled teaching interactions, carefully designed to move writers along learning pathways. Building on the transcripts of 61 live-from-the-classroom conferences (with Lucy's coaching commentary) Conferring with Primary Writers CD-ROM models effective conferring practices and creates a forum to reflect on this crucial strategy in the teaching of primary writers.

A Practical Reference
Referenced at point of use in each Unit of Study, the 61 conference transcripts on this easy-to-sort CD-ROM directly support the conferring strand in Units of Study for Primary Writing. Delivered in an electronic format (pdf files), these conference transcripts (260 printable pages) mirror the structure of the conferences in The Conferring Handbook. Taking advantage of the CD-ROM's technical capabilities, educators can sort conferences by

  • Teaching method
  • Type of conference
  • Unit of study
  • Key conference topics
  • Writing process stage
  • ...and more!
A Dynamic Staff Development Tool
Conferring with Primary Writers' nimble sorting feature addresses a host of professional development needs. It allows educators to:
  • locate and access the rich content in all of the conference transcripts (ideal for targeting specific teaching needs and techniques)
  • isolate and group individual conference components (ideal for comparisons across and between conferences)
  • modify and adapt transcripts into customized study guides (ideal for conferring with students or structuring study groups)
By shuffling, slicing and recategorizing conferences, educators will come away with a greater appreciation of the various parts of a conference and a deeper understanding of how to confer with primary writers.

Study all 61 conferences in a concise, easy-to-read format or customize your own conference study guides using the CD-ROM's modifiable transcripts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325006383
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 10/28/2004
Edition description: CD-ROM
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.06(d)
Age Range: 5 - 6 Years

About the Author

Amanda Hartman is the Deputy Director for Primary Literacy of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she plays a lead role both in supporting staff developers and in developing the Project's methods for K - 2 reading and writing instruction. Amanda leads the TCRWP's Coaching and Whole School Reform Institutes, and has presented at conferences throughout the country and the world, including NCTE, IRA, AERA, and NESA. She is coauthor of One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers (Heinemann 2005), of the DVD Up Close: Teaching English Language Learners in Reading and Writing Workshops (Heinemann 2005), and of two books in the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing series. Above all, however, Amanda supports schools and districts nationally and internationally to establish state-of-the-art reading and writing workshops in the primary grades.

Zo^D"e Ryder White is the author of the Heinemann title Playing with Poems (2008) and a is a coauthor of One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers, as well as a coauthor of Units of Study for Primary Writing, classroom materials from Heinemann firsthand. She is a kindergarten teacher at PS321 in Brooklyn, New York. Before life as a classroom teacher, Zo^D"e worked as a writer-in-residence through the Teachers and Writers Collaborative in nearly 25 public schools throughout New York City.

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