Cathy Mere, Laura Komos, and Jill Fisch for hosting this wonderful book chat. This is some of the best professional development I've participated in. If you are interested in the entire conversation visit Cathy's Jog where she has brilliantly compiled all of the posts.
Part III of Patrick Allen's book Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop was a bittersweet ending for me. I am so excited about everything that I have learned but also sad to see it end. Patrick's writing made me feel like we were sitting together and he was slowly and methodically explaining me to why and how I could confer with my own students. Like the conferences in his classroom he nudged me along, showing me real conferences, showing me his notes and then explaining how that would translate in my own room. Unlike his classroom, he did all of the talking and I did a whole lot of listening. He anticipated my questions and answered them promptly. He addressed my concerns about fitting this into a mandated format of teaching and reminded me to keep mints always handy.
I'm thankful to have learned and read this book with so many people who are more experienced and smarter than me. I know that I can go to them if I start "drowning". My PLN has expanded so much through this experience. Thanks to all of you.
I've been thinking a lot about how I'm going to implement conferring into my class and how when asked, I will explain my reasoning. I'm going to need to start slow and remember that this isn't a race. Take it day by day and make sure that the time is never compromised. This is going to be a challenge but as I've heard before "You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind." -Author Unknown. It's time to get in there get started and see where this journey takes me and my readers.