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.
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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
Value Student Voices
A Teacher's Values
Conversations and Time to Listen
A Classroom That Invites Conversation
Read, Write, and Share
Social Talk at Work
Conferences: Talking Relationships
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?