Conferences & Conversations: Listening to the Literate Classroom

Conferences & Conversations: Listening to the Literate Classroom

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Conferences & Conversations: Listening to the Literate Classroom by Doug Kaufman

It takes courage to open up your professional life to scrutiny, but that's exactly what Linda Rief did when she allowed Doug Kaufman to observe her classroom over the course of a school year. His goal was to discover what exactly Linda does that makes her such an extraordinary teacher - specifically, how she converses with students and promotes their conversations among one another. Conferences & Conversations is a record of what Kaufman learned, presenting insights into Linda's teaching that even she hadn't seen.

Conferences & Conversations provides an inside look at Linda in action as she establishes goals, teaches, learns, triumphs, and occasionally stumbles in her efforts to extend her students' literacy. Through Linda's actions, you will discover how a teacher can:

  • offer students more freedom to think, talk, and create and at the same time create a classroom that is organized, efficient, and in control
  • set up your classroom and procedures in ways that promote better, more effective conversations among students
  • move beyond formulaic practices and routines that inhibit individualized and productive conferences
  • become a better listener and encourage more student talk in conferences
  • encourage students to work productively on their own, while you confer with other students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325002712
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 09/21/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Douglas Kaufman teaches at the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education. His publications include a chapter in All That Matters: What Is It We Value in School and Beyond? (Heinemann, 1995).

Table of Contents


Why Listen?

Value Student Voices

A Teacher's Values

Conversations and Time to Listen

A Classroom That Invites Conversation

Classroom Expectations


Read, Write, and Share

Social Talk at Work

Conferences: Talking Relationships

Conference Procedures

Conference Relationships

Relationship Building

Successful Conferences

A Poem Is Born

Relationships and Emotions

Relationships with Very Different Students

Meg Confers with a Trusted Friend

Jason Confers with Someone He Doesn't Trust

Ted Confers with a Writing Expert

Elena Confers with Someone Who Loves and Cares


How Will You Value Students' Voices?

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