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Reflections for Student Led Conferences

Today we spent most of the morning getting ready for student led conferences.

Rather than describe how hard students worked and how much they got done, which they did, I decided to let their words about reading and writing grace this post. What follows are a sprinkling of comments about their learning this year.

In response to the prompt, the most important things I have learned about being a writer this year are...students wrote the following:

  • To keep going on the topic and to hook the reader.
  • Using more details is better so the reader understands the writing better.
  • You have to research your topic before you write about it.
  • When you are going to write something you have to do a lot of drafts before you publish it.
  • If I read, I'm going to get better at writing

In response to the prompt, the most important things I have learned about being a reader this year are...students wrote the following:
  • To always notice what the main character does so you can predict what is going to happen or what the character will do. 
  • Read stories that seem GOOD to you, that you feel will hook you.
  • I need to read more to become a better writer.
  • Historical fiction books are fun and they give you a lot of information.
  • You need to try a book to like the genre.
  • To put sticky notes at the end of chapters, so I could write down what I think, then I could remember the book better.
I'm looking forward to the next two days as I observe my students engage in the process of reflecting, curating and selecting samples of work to share with parents. 
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