Effective Literacy Teaching and Learning for all Students

Unit 11

Your students' role in reading conferences

Your students need to be empowered to play a significant part in their reading conferences with you. From the film clips you have already seen you will have noted the students' confident use of ‘reading language'. You will have noted the primary students understanding of terms such as goals, strategy, fluency, non-fiction, fiction, rereading, self-correction and so on and the secondary students understanding of terms such as protagonist, predicting, prior knowledge, summarising and so on. There is an expectation that they will be accountable for their Independent Reading.

Students often respond positively by viewing models of the ways other teachers and their students interact with each other. If you would like to use the film clips of conferences as a model to show your students continue with Unit 11.

Share with your class either the Luka or Kayla reading conference choosing Kayla's conference if you teach Prep, 1 or 2, or the Luka reading conference if you teach Grade 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are in a secondary school you may like to show your students the conference with Justin.

Discuss your intention with the class or group: to learn how another student and teacher have a reading conference.

  • Ask your students to notice what the student does and says during the conference.
  • Ask your students to notice how the teacher helps the student during the conference.
  • Ask for other comments at the completion of the film clip.

Go to Film Clip:

Caroline Springs College: Yr 5 Reading Conference with Gabrielle Stormont & Luka

or go to Film Clip:

Movelle PS: Yr 1 Reading Conference with Nazlia Edwards and Kayla

or go to Film Clip:

Victorian University SC: Year 7 Reading Conference with Clare Mercadante and Justin

Learn how much your students know about reading conferences as they share their impressions after the viewing. Help them clarify the components of the reading conference. You could emphasise the following points but also provide students with time to spontaneously comment.

Points to emphasise:

  • Discussing previous goal
  • Student reading the text
  • Discussing reading strategies
  • The teacher's comments to the student about the reading
  • Establishing a new goal
  • Student talking about his/her own reading

Record the information on a white board or a chart to show your students some of the important elements of a reading conference and to praise them for their detailed observations.

Discuss how you and your students could include these elements in the conferences in your classroom.

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