Living the Life of a Reader and Writer
Jennifer Myers
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Readers Conference 3

Myers has a reader's conference during independent reading time.

During this readers conference, you can really see the structure that I follow with my students. I always begin by asking them, “Tell me what you are reading today. “ Then, I listen carefully as the student reads. In this situation, I noticed that the student became stuck on a word. I think it is important to always ask the student at that point, “What can you do as a reader to help yourself?” By doing this, the student is taking the initiative, rather than letting the teacher decide for them what strategy they should use when trying to decode the word. After the student has selected the strategy they would like to focus on, I have them try it out. Sometimes I help the students try it out, so we are working on the word together. Following this, I have found my teaching point that I would like the student to focus on for the remainder of the time. I always begin with one thing I am noticing the student is doing well. Then, I leave them with the teaching point, have them repeat it back to me, and I record it in my conference notes.

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