One of the most powerful things we can do for readers is to listen to them read, give them feedback, and help them set goals for themselves regarding something they can improve. The trickiest part of this is carving out time to listen to individual readers when you see many students within a day. Below are two structures that work well for quick conferencing with readers.
One Minute Reading Conferences
Students benefit from getting timely feedback about their reading practice. Some studies say that feedback is the #1 factor in improving student achievement. One minute conferences can be an effective and efficient way to get meaningful feedback to all of your students.
Tell students that you will be conducting one minute conferences. The whole class will begin reading as usual and when you come to them they will begin whisper reading. You will be listening to hear if the book is the right level for the reader and will be listening for how fluently s/he is reading. After listening for this you will also ask a question about what is being read to gauge comprehension. S/he will receive a score of 3, 2, or 1 for each part of the conference:
Additionally, here are some possible comprehension questions to ask students:
Sticky Note Status Check
Many student benefit from more regular feedback on their reading. This is a way to provide feedback and improve motivation for those students who may struggle with reading stamina.
Keep notes on which students can do all three and you have a great formative assessment.
This post brought to you by Heather Willman, APOSA overseeing Secondary Curriculum and Instructional Coaching
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