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Conferring to Engage, Differentiate, and Assess, 6-12

Do you have students who lack stamina and struggle when it comes to sticking with difficult texts? So does Cris Tovani. On this new video—which complements So What Do They Really Know?, her groundbreaking book on formative assessment—she takes you inside the classroom, where she faces the same challenges you do.

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Do you have students who lack stamina and struggle when it comes to sticking with difficult texts? So does Cris Tovani. On this new video—which complements So What Do They Really Know?, her groundbreaking book on formative assessment—she takes you inside the classroom, where she faces the same challenges you do.

Follow Cris as she confers with Irving and guides him to access and connect his background knowledge, or as she buckles down with Israel ...read more

About the Author(s)

Cris is an internationally known consultant who focuses on issues of disciplinary reading and writing instruction. She was awarded the 2017 Thought Leader Award from the International Literacy Association. Cris has been an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. She is the author of five books, most recently Why do I Have to Read This? Cris has taught students from grades 1-12 and continues to study the “knowing-doing gap” by investigating how best practice research can be practically applied to a variety of instructional settings.

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Table of Contents

Welcome 0:00-0:42 (0:42)

Introduction: Why Confer? 0:52-4:28 (3:44)

Conferring to Engage (19:27)

  • Hermon and Heidi: Book Choice 0:10-6:00 (5:50)
  • Andrea, Natnail, and Jose: Starting a Writing Assignment 6:01-19:26 (13:25)

Building Background Knowledge (21:29)

  • Shaq: Analyzing Content and Craft to Make More Meaning 0:16-6:12 (5:56)
  • Israel: Capitalizing on “Teachable Moments” 6:18-10:58 (4:40)
  • Irving: Focusing on Vocabulary to Dig Deeper 11:04-16:13 (5:09)
  • Aslam: Building Confidence for an English Language Learner 16:19-21:29 (5:10)

Repairing Confusion and Ensuring Growth (22:25)

  • Samantha: Clarifying Characters and Text Structure to Make Meaning 0:16-6:15 (5:59)
  • Samara: Raising the Bar to Ensure Growth 6:20-10:16 (3:56)
  • Arianna: Going Beyond the Text to Infer Meaning 10:21-14:19 (3:58)
  • Omar: Building Confidence to Tackle More Challenging Texts 14:26-18:27 (4:01)
  • Jose: Analyzing Patterns of Complex Text 18:33-22:07 (3:34)

Conferring with Small Groups (27:13)

  • Driving Engagement in Reading 0:08-7:20 (7:12)
  • Driving Engagement in Writing 7:25-16:04 (8:39)
  • Book Club Conferences 16:10-27:09 (10:59)

Cris Talks (22:13)

  • What to Say in a Conference 0:24-1:45 (1:21)
  • How Long Should a Conference Be? 1:46-2:38 (0:52)
  • The Difference Between Monitoring and Conferring 2:39-3:24 (1:45)
  • Helping Kids Stay Engaged While You Meet with Other Students 3:25-4:27 (1:02)
  • What Matters Most in an English Class 4:28-5:28 (1:00)
  • Balancing Required and Choice Texts 5:29-6:24 (0:55)
  • Collecting and Managing Data 6:25-8:18 (1:53)
  • When Kids Are Absent 8:19-12:07 (3:48)
  • The Difference Between Assessment and Grading 12:08-13:25 (1:17)
  • What Goes in a Conferring Notebook 13:26-16:20 (2:54)
  • Student Self-Assessment 16:21-17:28 (1:07)
  • The Keys to Motivation and Engagement 17:29-20:13 (2:44)
  • What Big Understandings Do I Want Students to Take Away at the End of the Year? 20:14-23:03 (2:51)

Product Details

Grades: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Year: 2012

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