Teachers, you have been trying really hard to provide the level of support ALL your students’ need. But often you feel like you don’t have enough time.
Have you ever said to yourself:
“AH Man, I was going to meet with those 3 students today, I don’t what happened. Time just flew away from me.”
Or maybe you have a few students that seem to constantly take up all your time and you can’t get to other students. So you find that some of your students you see once or twice a week, or not all.
The workshop model is a highly effective structure that lends itself to differentiation through individual conferences, small group work, and partner work.
So... what are some road blocks teachers have that keeps them from meeting with more students during the independent time of workshop?
Road Block #1:
One road block teachers might have is delivering mini lessons in the 10-15 minute time frame that is recommended. If you use Lucy Calkins' Units of Study for reading and writing, you may find it difficult to condense all the information provided in each session and pair it down to 10-15 minutes.
Road Block #2:
A second road block teachers might have is not having enough time to plan and prepare ahead for conferring. Teachers are so busy balancing their time between communicating with parents, grading papers, after school meeting or committees, managing behaviors, and planning whole group lessons; that there isn't enough time to focus on differentiating your instruction to meet the needs of all your students.
Road Block #3:
A third road block teachers might have is managing student behaviors during independent work time. There are many types of behaviors that may occupy your time when you are teaching 1-1 conferences or small groups:
- Students getting up
- Talking to others
- Students refusing to work
- Noises that are distracting others
- Physical hurting oneself or others
- Interrupting your teaching
- Wanting to use the bathroom to get out of working
So why did STEP UP create the Conferring BLUEPRINT for teachers?
We wanted to provide a clear, simple, step by step process that will help teachers be more organized, confident, and efficient with conferring and small groups in order to meet with more students.
So how does Conferring BLUEPRINT work?
There are 5 clear steps to the Conferring BLUEPRINT. Take a look at the cycle below:
Step 2: Assess/Analyze
Step 3: Plan
Step 4: Execute
Step 5: Reflect
If you want to learn how to use the Conferring BLUEPRINT in your classroom, how to create a weekly conferring schedule using various methods of instruction, how to deliver many different types of conferences other than the common "Research-Decide-Teach"; then joining our upcoming Deep Dive Focus Group for veteran teachers called "Conferring Differentiation and Small Group Work" is just for you.
If you are interested in joining us, learn more here.
The last day to join our next 8 week session will be September 29!