Conferring with Writers

Do you feel overwhelmed when it comes to managing Writer’s Workshop? If so, you are definitely not alone. I think teaching writing is probably one of the most difficult tasks for elementary teachers (or teachers, period). It is hard to keep track of everyone’s progress and needs, and there are often large gaps in ability.

One thing that has helped me manage is having a system for keeping track of progress. I used to do this in a binder. I realized, though, that I type a lot faster than I write, so I’ve been trying to do more things digitally. I created a really simple Google Sheet that allows me to track each part of an essay. As I conference with students, I take a couple of quick notes about their progress. I mark a Y if they are ready to move on to the next part, and an N, if they are not. The great thing about this is that I have quick access to a record of where everyone is at in class. I can give feedback in small chunks, and then when I confer with them again, I can quickly glance at my notes, so that we can pick up right where we left off.

Click HERE to access a copy. It will be view only, so you will need to click “FILE” then “MAKE A COPY” to make your own editable copy. Happy conferencing!