11.09.17 Literacy Committee Agenda #trinitylearns

Date: Thursday November 9, 2017

3:00 3:05 Welcome/Maintenance
3:05 3:20 Compliment Conference Check-in

  • Review what a Compliment Conference is
  • Conferring Notebooks and feedback
  • What does it look like in your classroom now?
  • What is your goal for conferring?
3:20 3:45 Share Conferring Notebooks
3:45 3:55 Tips for Conferring in Small Groups

I learned, I liked, I wonder

Final Thoughts:

  • Read pgs. 67-69
  • Before our next meeting read pgs. 70-75
Parking Lot: Literacy Committee members facilitate conferring conversation and 

gallery walk at next team meeting. Reiterate that conferring is our goal. 


10.11.17 Literacy Committee Meeting #trinitylearns

Individualized Daily Reading- Conferring with Students

EED- Watch Chris/Elise (Reading)

UED- Watch Lauren/Gretchen (Writing)

EED- Watch Nicole/Julia (Writing)

UED- Watch Grace/Kerry (Reading)

Date: Wednesday October 11, 2017

3:40 3:50 Welcome/Maintenance

  • Please sign up for snacks
  • Share bright spots
3:50 4:00
4:00 4:25
  • Conferring with Readers Chapter 5- Reinforcing Students’ Strengths: Compliment Conference  Read, Discuss, Share your 3 big points
    • Group 1 pg. 48-50 Why Start with Strengths
    • Group 2 pg. 50-54 Individual Compliment Conf.
    • Group 3 pg. 54-60 Table Compliment Conf.
  • Complement Conference- Jen Serravallo- Compliment Conference
  • Read Lucy Calkins- Chapter on Conferring with Readers
    • Decide
    • Compliment
4:25 4:30 Final Thoughts

  • Please go back and share what you have learned about the Compliment Conference with your team.
  • Bring your conferring notebook with student notes to share at the next meeting on Thursday, November 9.
Parking Lot:

Conferring With Readers Book Study


09.13.17 Literacy Committee Agenda #trinitylearns

Here is the agenda for our first Literacy Committee meeting of the year!

Date: Wednesday September 13, 2017

3:40 Welcome from the committee chairs and goals for the year


  • Greet someone in a different grade level that you don’t see often. Learn about them and their literacy instruction (strengths and weaknesses)
3:50 Gallery Walk T-Chart of Confident/I Want to Know More- sticky notes on chart paper

  • Reading, Writing, Grammar, Spelling, Listening, Word Study, Vocabulary
4:10 Book Study- Conferring with Readers

PD Strategy Lessons in Reading: Conferring with Small Groups

4:20 Discuss Anchor Charts for Reading and Writing Workshop
4:25 Final Thoughts
Parking Lot:

2017-18 Literacy Committee Goals #trinitylearns

2017-18 Goals:

  • Continued work on vertical alignment to create a balanced literacy curriculum
  • Expanding knowledge of best practices and their role in our current program (mini-lesson, conferring, small/strategy group, read-aloud, mentor text/sentences)
  • Sharing work with grade level teams to grow our entire community as teachers
  • Raising the level of teacher confidence and gaining clarity in what deepening learning means in literacy through assessment practices

06.07.17 Assessment and Differentiation #TrinityLearns

Summer Literacy and Mathematics Professional Learning
June 5-9, 2017
Day 3: Assessment and Differentiation
Marsha Harris (@marshamac74)

Assessment and Differentiation

  • I can collect data that will be the most useful
  • I can analyze data to understand deeply what kids know and can do
  • I can synthesize data from multiple assessments to create learning goals
  • I can develop instructional plans and follow-ups to monitor progress.

The Literacy Teacher’s Playbook- Book Study

8:30-11:15  Slide Presentation


15 min


Review of Agenda


45 min

Collecting Data: Assessment Lenses and Tools

I Do, We Do, You Do

Research- each person takes
on a part to learn (15 min)

  • Reading Engagement and Interest Inventories
  • Reading Fluency
  • Print Work/Decoding
  • Comprehension
  • Conversation
  • Writing Engagement and Qualities

Teach- each person teaches
their section (5 min each)


45 min

Analyzing Data: Making Discoveries

Research- each person takes on
a part to analyze (15 min)

  • See slide presentation for assignment

Teach- each person teaches their section
and gives an analysis on Marielle (5 min each)


45 min

Interpreting Data and Establishing Goals for Trinity Students

How do we KNOW what students already KNOW?

  • PAST,
  • CTOPP,
  • Running Records,
  • Spelling Inventory,
  • Math Assessment,
  • Writing Sample,
  • ERB’s, Progress
  • Reports

Summarizing Data Form
Tool/Strength/Possibilities for Growth

06.06.17 Conferring with Writers #TrinityLearns

Summer Literacy and Mathematics Professional Learning
June 5-9, 2017
Day 2: Making the Most of Conferring in Writing Workshop

Lisa Eickholdt (@LisaEickholdt)

The Writing Strategies Book- Jennifer Serravallo

Slide Presentation- Launch Unit Generating Ideas

Marsha’s Notes:

The heart of teaching is during the conference


Complement Stems

  • I notice you…I see you’re the kind of writer who…
  • That’s important because….
  • Every time you write you can…and it will…

“What are you working on as a writer?” What have you learned in mini-lessons that you’re working on as a writer? Goal- follow the child’s lead!


When you’re done, you’ve just begun!

Use mentor texts and anchor charts so that your teaching will STICK! A compliment conference will validate their use of the teaching point.

Writing Pathways has all of the grade level writing samples. Copy them and put them in student writing folders. Spend 3 days immersing in the genre before you teach.


Open Genre Unit? Allow the kids to choose their own genre of writing for a few weeks. Ralph Fletcher- Joy Write

Idea Generating Strategies are great launch units at the beginning of the year

Resources for Anchor Charts



Writing Conference with Harold and Amanda


Providing and then Withholding Scaffolding to Support one Child’s Early Understanding of Narrative Structure (K-2) from TC Reading and Writing Project on Vimeo.

Typically confer with 4 students per session


Teaching Moves During a Conference

Craft- how do you make your writing more interesting?


Goals and Habits


Pg 30- Learning From Classmates- Eickholdt


Structure                                          CUPCAKE


Craft                                                 FROSTING/SPRINKLES


Writing is like a cupcake…Frosting & sprinkles are craft and convention but meaning, structure, and elaboration is the cupcake

Touch and write across the pages…oral rehearsal is key

Step 1: Immersion (study the genre that you’ll be teaching, think, plan, sketch and label, write, reread and revise, reread and edit)- use mentor texts from old students

Before revision, vision!

Stop being a hunter of errors and look for the beauty of the content!


Carl Anderson- Assessing Writers

Don’t write the watermelon, write the seed- Calkins


  • Narrow the Timespan- seed- slice of time
  • Angling Writing- so what? Why are you writing this?- each page has an angle about one focus…My Sister is a Daredevil, My Brother is my Best Friend


  • Inside Story- tell me what you’re thinking and feeling/Flash forward and Flash back
  • Exploding Moment- the most volume of writing should be about the focus
  • Add in Talking, Thinking,  and Specific Body Actions- bring character to life by making them talk

Structure and Organization

  • Excluding extraneous events (impacts focus)
  • Including important events (impacts elaboration)
  • Planning

Timelines- Action and Reaction

Break writing into paragraphs using PATS:

  • Place
  • Action
  • Time
  • Speaker


Express Lane Editing– Video (Jeff Anderson)

Video Resources on Conferring

Conference with Joshua (from Mark Overmeyer: How Can I Support You?)

A Writing Conference: Teaching a Student to Write for Audience (3-5)

Assessment-Based Conferring to Raise the Level of Narrative Writing (3-5)

Conference with Bella (from Patrick Allen: What Are You Thinking? Conferring in Reader’s Workshop)

Research-Decide-Teach conference Reading

Coaching Conference Reading