We all know that it’s important and our students benefit from it.
But what has always caused me great consternation is the how part of conferring:
How do I fit conferring into an already jam-packed writing block?
How long do I spend with each student?
How many students should I meet with each day?
How do I keep anecdotal records?
How do I know what to say?
How? How? How?
It’s easy to let those ‘hows’ take over and prevent you from committing to conferring.