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How's It Going?: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers 1st Edition

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“This is by far the best writing on the conference I have read. It is a book that is far superior to the other texts-including my own.”–Donald M. Murray

About the Author

Carl Anderson is one of the nation's leading experts on teaching writing to students in grades K-12. He dedicates his energies exclusively as an education consultant and writer. Carl recently worked for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University as a Lead Staff Developer, providing staff development in the teaching of writing grades K - 8. He spent school days in New York City elementary and middle schools demonstrating effective teaching in the writing workshop and coaching teachers. He gave day-long workshops for teachers at Teachers College on launching the writing workshop, conferring with student writers, mini-lessons, and developing curriculum for the writing workshop. As a national consultant, Carl works with schools, districts and educational organizations around the country. He is known for his keynote speeches and courses at writing institutes as well as for his presentations at national conferences. Carl also taught for eight years in the Bronx, New York, Bardstown, Kentucky and Northbrook, Illinois in grades five to eight. In his book, How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers, Carl leads readers through the challenging but essential terrain of learning to confer with student writers. The book includes an in-depth discussion of the teacher's role in conferences, strategies for teaching students to take an active role, ways to weave literature, mini-lessons, classroom management strategies, and responses to the most frequently asked questions about conferring. Carl also authored Assessing Writers and the series Strategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations that Move Young Writers Forward Grades 3-6.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 8
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (February 21, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032500224X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325002248
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 22, 2000
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As a mother, I really want my child to learn to write so she can enjoy all the benefits that come through written expression. I found this book to be very practical and immensely readable, filled with examples and anecdotes that make the suggestions come alive. A parent could use this book as guidance for inspiring a child's interest in writing -- and in the process, might discover all kinds of things about what the child is thinking and feeling. If you don't read this book yourself, buy it as a gift for your child's teacher! (So much better than bubblebath ...)
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If you teach 1-5th grade writing workshop, you NEED to read this book! Especially if (like many of us) you're using the Lucy Calkins writing kits. Mr. Anderson really breaks things down in a PRACTICAL way so you can feel confident sitting down with every single child you confer with. He also includes blacklines for forms that for me, have made the difference between confidence and exasperation! Way better than One on One by Calkins herself. !
Plus, he was in the project with her, so his philosophy lines up completely. Do yourself a favor, seriously. (Maybe check out Assessing Writers, it does repeat some of this book and has some really great other stuff too.) I couldn't live without them both, though! (and I don't work for anyone but my 26 third graders).
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This book is excellent for teachers wanting to know more about how to have effective converstaions with their students during reading conferences. This will change how you approach conversations about writing with your students.
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If your writing conferences are not going well, them pick up this wonderful book on conferring with writers. The book starts with how to create a classroom environment that encourages writing conferences and then goes on to show how to discover students intentions and give them strategies to achieve them. Carl's advice is sound: "Improve the writer, not the writing." I was able to use his advice to immediately improve the effectiveness of my conferences, and I could also see how I could better structure my writing workshop next year.
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This is an excellent, must-have resource for anyone implementing Writing Workshop. Carl Anderson's advice is straightforward and has made a tremendous difference in the quality of my student conferences. Carl's focus on improving the writer, not the writing, is a great mantra to keep in mind when deciding what to teach in the few minutes during writing conferences. The assessment data gathered from conferences as described by Carl Anderson has been a huge asset to informing my writing instruction. This is a wonderful resource!
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Wasn't quite what I was hoping for. I struggle with conferencing with writers and I thought this would be a book that gave me more practical ideas on how to best implement that. I'm afraid I was not engaged, skimmed quite a bit, and it didn't help me. Sounds like it has helped others, but not one I would recommend.
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