To Know and Nurture a Reader: Conferring with Confidence and Joy
To Know and Nurture a Reader: Conferring with Confidence and Joy

To Know and Nurture a Reader: Conferring with Confidence and Joy

by Kari Yates, Christina Nosek


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Conferring with students about reading allows for clearer access to one-on-one, in-the-moment teaching and learning, yet it can feel intimidating or overwhelming. Kari Yates and Christina Nosek want to help. Here they have provided practical, reflective, student-centered teaching moves that you can use to develop an intentional, joy-filled conferring practice.
To Know and Nurture a Reader is a get-going guide to conferring. The book includes step-by-step guidance that is also considerate of time and other classroom challenges, as well as:
  • Numerous tools such as guiding questions, reproducible planning and note-taking documents;
  • Classroom vignettes that pull you close to a reader and teacher in a conference setting;
  • Video clips of classroom conferences to show what conferring looks like in action.
The book breaks conferring into manageable chunks with specific goals for knowing and nurturing young readers, then puts all the pieces together with various classroom scenarios and examples. The tools, examples, and ideas in this book make conferring something every teacher can do right away and master with continued effort and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625311726
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 07/19/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 772,273
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Kari Yates (left is an author, speaker, consultant, and staff developer with a passion for helping busy literacy educators thrive. Her experiences include classroom teacher, special education, Reading Recovery teacher, elementary school principal, and district literacy coordinator. Kari is also the author of Simple Starts. Making the Move to a Reader Centered Classroom (Heinemann, 2015).

Christina Nosek (right) has been making a difference in elementary education for nearly 20 years. During that time, she's experienced the classroom from many sides including classroom teacher, literacy coach, staff developer, reading specialist, and special education aide. She is currently teaching fifth grade in the San Francisco Bay Area while also working on writing projects and consulting.

Table of Contents

Foreword viii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: conferring with courage and commitment 1

Part 1 Interactive Moves: the how of conferring 7

Chapter 1 Wonder: Bringing Curiosity and an Open Mind to Every Conference 11

Chapter 2 Affirm: Celebrating Effort, Strategy, and Emerging Work 26

Chapter 3 Extend: Nudging Readers Forward 38

Chapter 4 Remind: Ensuring Transfer Beyond This Conference 51

Part 2 Intentional Directions: the what of conferring 63

Chapter 5 Confer to Support Book Choice 68

Chapter 6 Confer to Develop Healthy Habits 94

Chapter 7 Confer to Strengthen Strategic Process 116

Chapter 8 Confer to Support Authentic Response 144

Part 3 Organizational Moves: behind the scenes 167

Chapter 9 Gather Materials: Getting Ready for Teaching and Learning On the Go 169

Chapter 10 Make a Plan: Creating Time to Confer with All Students 173

Chapter 11 Take Note: Holding On to Thinking to Help Pave the Path Ahead 185

Putting It All Together: the art of decision making 194

Appendix 217

References 229

Index 234

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