#SOL18: “psst . . . I’m reading . . .”

2018 is the year of books!

These are just some of the books that I have read (and blogged about) during the last school year.  I’ve left out Ellin Keene’s Engaging Children, Tom Marshall’s Reclaiming the Principalship, and Kristi Mraz and Christine Hertz’s Kids 1st From Day One. So much to continue to learn.  So much to continue to read and write about.  So much to continue to be curious about.

And then another new book emerges  . . .

This week’s #G2Great chat will be about this new book from Stenhouse by Kari Yates and Christina Nosek.  And I’ve been waiting

and waiting

and waiting.

Conferring is still an area where I need to improve.  Where I need to listen more and talk less.  Where I need to grow.  And conferring about reading!

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The title is captivating:  “to know and nurture a reader: Conferring with Confidence and Joy”.  I love the conventions, and their use in the title.  I love “confidence and joy”.

Have you checked out the resources?



Help! My students want to choose books I’m afraid are too hard!

How can I support readers who pick the same types of books over and over again?

How can I use conferring to connect with students who are very new to English?

Some of my students just hop from book to book! What can I do to support them?

Why Confer with Readers? 10 Compelling Reasons

I have two chapters left to read and then I will be ready for the chat Thursday night.  I can’t wait to spend more time practicing and improving my conferring skills with students and teachers. The videos, the tips, and all the problem solving has thus far been on target.

What are you reading? 

What are your working on? 

How will we know?

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                      slice of life 2016

8 responses

  1. Oh Fran, where to start! It is impressive that you are able to read all of these books fully before each chat! I know it’s important to have these wonderful resources out there, but secretly, part of me wants to just ask everyone to go on a writing freeze! I have such a long line of books that I want to read, but read with intention and reflection – not just to finish the pages. I struggle with how much time to spend on each book and which areas I really want to focus. I am reading 180 days as part of the summer Book Love group, planned to do an independent reading of Being the Change this summer, but just saw that it will be the book for #CyberPD, and won a few books that need to be read (Day by Day, Poems are Teachers, and It’s All About the Books! Yes, I’ve been on a lucky streak!) Thank you for sharing your reading and your passion for improving practice daily. It’s hard to imagine the life of a teacher as anything less than that! Best wishes and happy summer!

    1. I actually “schedule” my new book reading as I know when the books will be out. In many books, I’ve read some chapters at least twice before the chat, but I do commit to an entire read through just for my own OCD and professional commitment. I use purple stickies for my questions and my “look backs” . . . there are many! Organizing my responses to reading is a work in progress. I love your “read with intention and reflection-not just to finish the pages.” I worry when teachers read a text only to say”but I already do that” to every idea in the book. REALLY? “I can’t wait to bring the video camera to spotlight your wonderful students!” is often my response! You have a good problem, Patricia – many books to read!

  2. Can’t wait to hear more.

    1. I’ve been waiting about a year for this book! So excited to see what others think!

  3. Conferencing is an area where I feel many teachers fall short. There is no course, or at least there wasn’t when I was in college, on how to conduct a effective conference and get the most out of a student while helping the writer within him/her grow.

    1. So true. And YET, conferencing is where readers and writers can make the most growth. I wish there was a way to add this in! ❤

  4. Clare Landrigan | Reply

    This looks like a great one — my sons graduates high school on Thursday so I cannot join – look forward to the archives. Thanks for sharing

    1. Clare,
      You aren’t old enough to have a high school graduate! But enjoy! They all grow up too quickly!

      My graduation “season” literally ran from May 3 to June 3 so now that it’s scorching hot, I am glad that I’m not sitting in a stifling gym!

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