If you are an educator who utilizes a workshop model to teach writing, chances are you have heard people talking about the importance of a Conferring Toolkit. You may already know that some useful items to have on hand in this toolkit are previous conferring notes, rubrics, checklists, writing paper, exemplars, mentor texts, mini-charts. But what you may not know, is HOW these tools can be used to ensure the teaching sticks and the writer grows.
Below you will see a sample of two column notes. The left side includes what the teacher and student are saying and the right side includes tips for the teacher and what to think about during the conference.